Jennifer & her horse
"Hal" - 11-10-2013
my name is Jennifer. I wanted to write something to thank
you for your products and explain how they have helped me
and my horse. Several years ago my anglo-arab gelding lost
most of the vision in his right eye due to uveitis. His
pupil was scarred shut from the infection but remained
overly-sensitive to sunlight which caused him to have
headaches more often than not. He would stand with his head
down in a corner of the run-in shed until sunset. He also
had trouble telling where that side of his face was and
would periodically bump into things and scratch his lens
which is painful and causes even more photosensitivity while
it heals. I was keeping a fly mask on him most of the time
but it just didn't seem to be helping very much so I started
searching for another solution.
A friend of mine mentioned that she used Guardian Masks on
her miniature horses with eye problems and wrote down the
website for me to look up. The masks looked well made and
had good reviews so I ordered him a turn-out mask with the
95% sunshades. His behavior changed after the very first day
wearing the mask. He started going out in the sunlight to
graze and move around with the other horses again. He
stopped hanging his head in corners and doesn't seem to get
headaches at all anymore unless he manages to rub the mask
off while rolling. The mask also helps him judge where that
side of his head is because the eye covers stand out from
the actual mask and give him a barrier to feel things
against before he bumps his eye into it.
turn-out mask was such a success that I bought a Guardian
Lightweight Riding Mask with 95% sunshades hoping to improve
his under saddle work even half as much. Before the
infection "Hal" was my big-time jumper. We did hunter
jumpers, show jumping, cross country, and fox hunting. He
would go over any shape, size, color, or positioned jump I
faced him with and do it without a moments hesitation, but
after losing part of his vision he also lost a lot of
confidence. He was afraid of anything painted white,
anything that could cause a glare, and would sometimes jump
shadows on the ground. I took him back to cross rails and
baby gymnastics but he became so unsteady and spooky that I
stopped jumping him completely and rode only in dressage for
about six months.
The riding mask velcros right onto his bridle and has helped
me rebuild his shaken confidence by preventing
photosensitivity while being ridden and reducing glare off
of surfaces so he can see more clearly with the good eye.
I've attached some photos of us riding over fences with the
mask on this past year. He isn't an automatic ride anymore;
I have to cue him for his distances and be very deliberate
about making tight right turns, but he has improved so much
that I've started showing him again and just recently took
him to our first hunter pace in years.
I want to thank
you for giving me the opportunity to continue doing what we
love most and improving the quality of life of my best
friend. I will be recommending your products to anyone who
has a horse with eye issues from now on.
We are so glad you
kept going with the work on Hal after first using the mask,
it just goes to show you that there is "life after Uveitis"
so to speak, the fact that you are jumping Hal and his
confidence has been regained, well it is just amazing and
after reading your account, its been hard to keep dry eyes.
Thank you so very much for sharing the experience you have
had with Hal, it is very inspiring to say the least!
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