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Jan & her horse "Shady Lady" - 09-01-2014 + 07-19-2015 Photos

Dear Guardian Mask:

When I discovered that my little rescued blue roan mare was blind in her right eye, I was devastated. I immediately began to do research on line and found the Blind Horse Society, who recommended a Guardian mask for Lady. Not only do we need to protect her blind eye, but we need to provide the best possible conditions for her healthy eye. Thanks to Guardian, I feel more hopeful about Lady's future.

She has now enjoyed her pasture mask for three weeks. There was no adjustment for her at all. I began by taking her for "dog walks" up in the woods while she wore it so that branches wouldn't poke at her. Once, she stopped, as if to look at something. I looked, too, and saw nothing. But I could tell she "knew." Then I saw them: four large hen turkeys making their way through the trees. So much for wondering if she could see well through the mask!

Yesterday the riding mask came, and we had our first excursion with it. It attaches easily to her bridle, and, again, she acted as if nothing was different. We rode over to our neighbor's farm, through the woods, across pasture. My biggest problem with Lady has been spooking. I have assumed it is because of her "blind side." But on this ride, her attention was "straight ahead." Not one single spook. That is a first. Could it be that the mask works to a degree like blinkers on the race horses we used to have? She doesn't seem to be as worried about shadows jumping at her from the right. This is a major breakthrough.

 

    

 

 

“It takes a village.” It does, indeed. Thank you, Guardian Mask, for creating your wonderful eye protection products and for being such a big part of my horse’s happiness. The Blind Horse Society (My contact was Steve Smith at http://www.rollingdogfarm.org recommended you. My 12-year-old rescue mare is blind in one eye, probably the result of injury from being hauled from auction to worse auction, poor nutrition, and being penned up with too many horses. Having a “sight-challenged” horse has been a new experience for me. She spooked at everything, was fearful of confinement, and was in a constant “fright to flight” mode. Now I ride her in the woods with her Guardian riding mask and watch her relax in the pasture with her pasture mask. She has gotten her brain organized and is a happy horse.

 

 

Here is her complete program. Her nutritional program was developed by a wonderful rescue organization, the Horse Protection Society of North Carolina (http://www.horseprotection.org). They are always willing to help anyone.

 
1. Guardian pasture mask on after morning feeding and off after evening feeding.

2. One 6 mg lutein / 20 mg bilberry vitamin capsule and one 25,000 IU beta-carotene capsule in her food, morning and night. [I use Swanson’s #SW904 and SW008 because of quality and cost.]

3. One scoop of Redmond’s Daily Gold Stress Relief minerals. Scoop comes with product. (I started with one scoop morning and one at night for three weeks, and then lowered to one in the morning, according to the company representative’s suggestion for Lady). “Gold” is a good term for this product. There has been a dramatic change in Lady’s mental state and, additionally, hoof health. No more white line! Website: http://www.redmondequine.com I also provide Lady free access to the Redmond Rock mineral lick.

4. One tiny scoop of Vita Flex MSM (scoop comes with product) once a day for this middle aged horse. She is athletic—(She dances in the pasture like Zenyatta!)--and I want her to stay that way.

5. One-half cup Aloe Vera juice in her food twice a day. I get mine inexpensively at Walmart.

6. Use a Guardian riding mask when riding. It protects Lady’s eyes from branches when I’m riding in the woods and protects her from the sun at other times. I believe that the eye covers work a little like blinkers because she is not spooky any longer.

7. Learn how a “sight-challenged” horse thinks. When I put her fly spray on, for example, I show her the bottle and start on her sighted side. When riding, give your horse a chance to look at the sounds she hears. Let her turn her head to see and understand. Take her on “dog-walks” where you ride—good exercise for both! Show her that you aren’t afraid of turkeys crossing your path, for example, and that it is fun to explore sights and sounds together—cows jumping up and running away, goats bounding over to say hello, the neighbor’s horse trotting through the woods for a fence line greeting. All of these experiences terrified little Lady. Now I point them out to her, and it is great fun. (“Bonkers!” was the word a friend used to describe her in the past). Now she meets and greets and loves going on the experience. I ride her through all of this now, but occasionally we still do our dog walks. It is just plain enjoyable. Bring a few horse treats along for a reward.

8. Finally, play games with your sight-challenged horse. One that Lady likes is guessing which hand (hold them high and far apart) a treat is in. It teaches her to think, to use both sides of her head to “look” for the treat. She loves this game. Another is “hide and go seek” in the pasture. I see her standing in the shade of a tree and then I walk to different spots and say, “I wonder where Lady is!” Finally she can’t stand it and comes out, or I “discover” her and say, “There’s Lady!” Of course, no matter what, she always wins by getting a treat. 9. Make sure your treats are natural and low sugar and small. They only need a tiny token of your esteem to make the point.
I know it sounds impossible, but they have been instances when this program has helped restore some sight to these challenged horses. Be vigilant for six months and see what happens. At the very least, this program will maximize the health of your horse’s eyes.

 

9. Make sure your treats are natural and low sugar and small. Horses only need a tiny token of your esteem to make the point.


10. I know it sounds impossible, but there have been instances when this program has helped restore some sight to these challenged horses. Be vigilant for six months and see what happens. At the very least, this program will maximize the health of your horse’s eyes.

 

 

07-19-2015 Traditional 95% Guardian Mask  "Lady" enjoying the clover

 

 

07-19-2015 "The Lady Avenger" Lady wearing the Traditional 95% Guardian Mask


Thank you so very much for helping horses with eye problems.

Janis Londraville
Murphy, NC

 


 

Jan, this is wonderful!  I love the list you have compiled here to show precisely what your regimen is with Lady, and how you are working to help her overcome the challenges.  Thank you so much for the photos too!  The "hide and seek" game is just adorable.  The links you have provided are also going to be a big help to others.   Keep up the amazing work, you are an angel! 

 

Shady Lady is quite a beauty.  We're so happy that she is doing well with the masks.  We look forward to hearing about her progress in the future!  

 

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