November 2, 2008
Barb and her horse Wally
My horse, Wally, and I would like to thank you for a great
product. Wally is an 8 year old chestnut Hanoverian gelding.
I have owned him since he was a year old. When he was four,
a woman was looking at purchasing him. Everything looked
great and I had all sorts of ideas about what I was going to
do with the money! Well, wouldn't you know, but the vet check
revealed a small but significant cataract in his right eye.
This was a deal breaker on the purchase, because the client
was concerned that she would not be able to re-sell him with
this defect. I was heartbroken, yet at the same time, a
little happy once I realized that I could continue training
him. Wally is a very talented boy, with lots of friendliness
and energy, so he has presented some challenges along the
way. However, we still had this eye issue to deal with and
eventually I still would like to have the option to sell
I did research on line to see if I could find out how this
cataract occurred. I found the guardian mask website and
spoke with the owner who was very knowledgeable about eye
issues. My best guess was that Wally either had a mild case
of uveitis, or had injured himself (he was always coming in
from the field bleeding from some sort of self inflicted
head or leg wounds) and that an injury had some how damaged
his eye slightly and this was a remaining scar.
I ordered the guardian mask, because I had to try something
to keep his eye from getting worse. I did not want to risk
him losing his sight, if that was even a remote possibility.
That was four years ago. I have to replace the mask every 6
months to a year, because his playmates sometimes rip it off
and then he throws it around and wears it out completely.
Since I have had him wearing the mask, he has had no uveitis
incidents. He does have some mild headshaking symptoms in
the summer, if he is left out without his mask, which we
don't know if it is no-see-um bugs bothering him, or some
sort of light sensitivity. I don't care actually, because
the mask stops all of the symptoms!!!
The best result I have had is that every spring, the vet
checks Wally's eyes as part of his insurance exam. For the
past two years, the vet has had to really look for his
cataract. Then this past spring, he could find no sign of
the cataract!! He looked and looked, as he has always found
it before! I have never heard of a cataract disappearing,
but that was exciting news! Even if I never sell Wally, it
is a great relief to feel that he is so much better! We have
been very competitive at shows for the past couple years,
and I don't even have to ride him in his mask. He does
continue to wear it during the daylight hours while turned
out, as a precaution.
I recommend Guardian Mask to everyone at the barn, and my
vets recommend it to other clients because of what they have
seen with Wally. A friend half joking, told me that she felt
all grey horses should be issued a guardian mask to protect
their eyes right from birth! This is a great product and you
definitely have a customer for life.
I thank you and Wally thanks you too!
Hi there Barb,
Thank you so much for sharing
your experience with us and the world. What an amazing
thing to have happen! We're just amazed that Wally has
done so well and so very pleased to hear about the cataract.
I've personally never heard of a cataract disappearing
entirely either and I'm just stunned! We would love to
see some pictures of Wally in action by the way!
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