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April 14, 2009
Carol and her horse "Sonnys-Van-Danna"
I want to let you know that I have
been using your Guardian mask for only a few days on my
22 year old quarter horse mare who has uveitis. She has
recently lost her sight in her left eye. About 3 months
ago. One of her (four) veterinarians who have been
treating her uveitis for the past 3 years said that she
had "some" vision loss in that eye just 4 months ago. To
me it was never a consideration that she would lose her
sight in that eye. I was in denial I guess...and if the
vets told me that was a possibility, I didn't hear them.
What I did not know and would love
for it to be shared is the importance of LENGTHY
treatment of uveitis during flare ups. Sonnys current
vet who works closely with an equine ophthalmologist,
said that at one of the recent conferences she attended,
recommend treatment for 4-6 weeks BEYOND RESOLUTION OF
ALL SIGNS OF ACTIVE UVEITIS. Unfortunately I did not
know this....and not blaming her other vets, but she was
never treated for that long during flare-ups. Three
weeks tops was a usual course.
I have been treating
Sonny's eye as
prescribed aggressively since January 10,2009. It is now
April 14th,2009....and I am so pleased that she has been
comfortable, eyes wide open, minimal tearing (worse on
windy days). She has no cloudiness, the sort of sickly
green haze in that pupil is now sort of a pewter
I always kept a fly mask on Sonny 365
days a year ....but because of my ignorance, I never
thought she would lose her vision....never thought she
would be "one of the poor horses that needed the
Guardian mask". To me the Guardian mask was the last
resort sort of thing. Well here we are three years later
~ I told Sonny's vet I was ordering a Guardian mask. She
said, "Those are wonderful. They are so great. That's a
great thing." I was a bit nervous to be sure I had the
fit correctly on her (large) quarter horse head and
jowls. Her vet was actually the first to put it on Sonny
and adjusted it for us. After much peeking in through
the back of the mask to be sure the eye cups were placed
well....we turned Sonny out with her friend Rhea. At
first she was hesitant...not scared silly....just
cautious and LOOKING around a LOT. After that she seems
What I loved about your mask is that
when she rolls, she really gets into it....in MUD
whenever available. In the past, her mask would be caked
with it, and it would be covering her eyes/ vision
field on the mask too. I am hoping that with the
protection of the Guardian mask design, the mud will
hopeful just get on to the eye cups, but not IN her
eyes. I also want to say that the first day, when I
brought her in late in afternoon, her eyes were clear as
a bell ~ not ONE tear. She still has teary eyed
days...but my hope is that with ongoing use of the
Guardian mask, this too will stop.
She dives right in to your mask...
Very cute when she holds her head down as if to say, "Go
ahead. Put it on! I'm ready!"
Just want to thank you for the great
website. I have read every word on there, more than
once. Thank you for the information about uveitis. I
hope people do realize the severity of uveitis and its
potential outcome. Also the importance of the protection
your mask offers.
Carol Taormina and Sonnys-Van-Danna
We love it when horses actually
ask for their mask to be put on. It is something that
confirms the fact that it is making horses feel better and
Sonny's a great testament to that. We would love to see
a picture of Sonny's with her mask on, and we are so happy
she is doing better . Also we really do appreciate
your update as it does help others, we recommend all of our
customers read these. Thank you again and best
wishes to you and Sonnys-Van-Danna!
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