Q: I purchased one of
your masks, and it is all that you stated, well built and rugged however,
my horse is thin skinned and there is a spot where the mask is rubbing the
hair off his skin. What would you recommend?
A: We have found that
by using mole skin, fleece, or spandex in the area helps, you can sew it
on the spot needed with heavy duty thread. We also have the
Traditional 95% Guardian Mask which is made of the 95% materials, there
are however no "Sunshades". The Sunshades are designed to
keep the mesh away from your horses eyes so the mask can help protect
while healing properly.
This is an alternative mask for such occasions, please be sure to check
your horse to make sure he is not rubbing on objects.
Q: I have a four year
old Quarter horse that has a problem with eye weeping, swelling and her
eyes have a tendency to get cloudy, what do you recommend?
A: Have your Veterinarian
check for possible Uveitis. We recommend using Guardian Mask with 95%
Sunshades along with treatments discussed with your veterinarian. Please use the mask in all daylight hours, year round.
Not just during flare ups. Use both Sunshades, if your horse
is only showing symptoms in one eye, both eyes still need the protection
or the good eye can become affected. If not treated
aggressively, the disease can come back with a vengeance.
For best aid in healing, control, and prevention of eye conditions, use the mask year round.
Q: My horse throws his
head violently and I am unable to ride him, but he stops at night. What
A: This could be one
of the symptoms of photo-sensitivity - headshaking, your horse should be checked
thoroughly by your veterinarian. We recommend using the Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades
in all daylight hours, year round to help with these sensitivities.
Q: Can my horse see
safely out of the mask when using the 95% sunshades?
A: Yes, the horse
should adjust rapidly to the Guardian Mask. Often times we are asked
about using the mask at night. Horses have excellent night vision
and use the mask comfortably 24/7 We do recommend using common
sense and checking under the mask as often as you are able to make sure
it is free of debris or there is no rubbing.
Q: My horse has uveitis,
can I take the mask off if or when the symptoms are gone?
A: For any of the five
major conditions and or general protection, we recommend usage year round
for the best healing, control, and protection your horse can have.
Often times conditions can return if the condition was originally caused
by excess exposure to the sun.
Q: I have a miniature
horse, do you make a mask this size?
Yes, we have two sizes for Miniatures, large and small.
Q: How do I wash my
A: Use a hose with a
high pressure nozzle, if using soap, do not use detergent on the hook and
loop. You can also machine wash in warm water with non detergent
soap. Please was on a gentle cycle.
Q: My horse rubs his
muzzle against the wall, why?
A: Possibly to relieve
the pain from the trigeminal nerve caused by photo-sensitivity. Seek the advice of your vet and consider
trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades. Use the mask in all
daylight hours, year round.
Q: I found my horse
putting his head in a barrel of water up to his eyes.
A: One of the many
symptoms of photo-sensitivity due to pain in the trigeminal nerve area. Seek the advice of your vet and consider
trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades. Use the mask in
all daylight hours, year round.
My Vet has given me several types of medication such as Bute, Bantamine,
and some steroids for his uveitis condition, nothing seems to work.
A: We have had
outstanding results in the care and as an aid in healing by using the Guardian Mask and
95% Sunshades. Seek the advice of your vet and consider
trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades along with recommended
treatements. If you are using the
mask as recommended, in all daylight hours, year round, you are most
likely going to be able to wean your horse off Bute or Bantamine.
Please only do so by consulting your vet first.
Q: I was told by my
veterinarian that Cisco has cataracts, would your mask and sunshades help
slow this process?
A: Yes, with the added
protection from UV rays. Just be sure to use the mask year round, in
all daylight hours.
Q: How often does my
horse have to wear his Guardian Mask with his eye problems?
A: Our research
and feedback has shown that horses suffering, Headshaking, Uveitis,
Cataracts, Cancer, Glaucoma and other related eye problems, should wear
the Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades, in all daylight hours for the rest of the
horses natural life. At this time there is no known cure for many of
these conditions, however the masks properties are an excellent aid in
blocking the sun which in turns helps aid in healing, also relieves pain
from direct sunlight.
Q: Does age and breed or
location have anything to do with Headshaking?
A: We have found that it
has nothing to do with location age or breed, we have sold and sent our
product all over the world, for every breed, and age from 6 months to 37
years. There is evidence to show however that certain breeds such as
Appaloosa's are more susceptible to uveitis and eye conditions,
than any other breed. We understand that there is ongoing research in
equine genetics to learn more.
Q: Recently, my horse
was diagnosed with chronic Headshaking which has put a stop to
our competitive endurance riding. Is the mask safe for me to use during
A: Yes we have had
several past circumstances like yours, and once the horse is used to the Guardian
Mask, and their performance generally returns to normal in most cases. You may want to
contact the organization you are competing in to ask if they qualify the
mask as part of your regular gear since the horse does need the mask and
it is an equine medical garment.
free to call or email us with any questions
regarding your horses eye health and we will be happy to
discuss them with you and share our 30 years of
experience in dealing with horse eye health.