Katrina Philp & Sirus
I am writing
to tell you the story of my horse & his condition & the success of the
My horse is
21 years young & I have owned him since he was 18 months old, in October
2012 I arrived at my stables & noticed he was shaking his head around
almost like he was getting bothered by flies. I knew this was out of
character as it was cold weather & he had never behaved this way in all
the years I had owned him.
didn’t pay much attention to it as after 10 minutes he seemed to stop.
The following day when I arrived he was doing it again so I decided to
monitor him for a few days before consulting my vet. He carried on head
shaking for the few days I was monitoring him so I then decided my vet
needed to see him.
My vet done a
through examination on him, checking his eyes, ears, nose, neck, teeth &
everything else to eliminate if there was any pain or foreign bodies
anywhere but there was nothing. He did notice that he had a couple of
sharp teeth & decided to give them a rasp to see if that was causing the
problem. It did help for a couple of days but then it all flared up
again. I continued to monitor him for a few more days & even videoed
him so my vet could see exactly what he was doing when he had his
episodes as the condition was getting worse. The symptoms
he was now showing was head shaking, but he was now running around the
field doing it, rubbing his nose on his fore leg & across the ground &
he would stand still for about 5 minutes & just stare into space. Again I
called my vet & sent him the DVD so he could consult other specialists
as the condition was baffling him. We decided to also book him into the
equine hospital for x-rays to eliminate any foreign bodies that may have
got trapped in an area we could not see or reach & to make sure he had
no bone damage, also he had a full blood test completed.
All the tests
came back negative & both vets agreed the only symptom that showed all
these characteristics was Trigeminal Neuralgia, they decided to treat it
with a course of acupuncture over 3 sessions, this didn’t work so we
then placed him on Periactin tablets which he had to have 30 tablets
twice a day, these tablets contained an antihistamine & sedative.
time of him having this treatment I did a lot of research on the
internet to understand the condition more, to be honest the long term
diagnosis was not good as most horses with the condition were put to
sleep, this was not an option for me as other than the head shaking he
was eating well & his body condition was fantastic. I then came across
a website in America that had designed these masks to help horses with
eye injuries, uveitis & Trigeminal Neuralgia,
It was on
this website that I found a customer testimonial from a lady in the UK
who had a horse with the same illness as my horse. I decided to order a
mask as I was willing to try anything to help his condition & make him
have a more comfortable life. The mask arrived 4 weeks later & I
started to use it straight away, it is an odd looking mask but it has
the 95% UV shades which would help him cope with the brighter sunny
I now have
this mask that he wears 24 hours a day & also he has adjusted to been
ridden in it, I also have the nose net attachment which also give 95%
coverage from the UV rays as the nerves run all the way down the nose it
has given him nearly 100% relief from the elements. My next step was to
research ways of getting him off the tablets as I knew once my insurance
would run out there was no way I would be able to afford keeping him on
them, it worked out to nearly £1,700 per month, I was then told about
Global Herbs products & I decided to call & speak with Stephen Ashdown
of Global Herbs to discuss my horse’s illness & if he could suggest
anything to help get him off these tablets but keep him comfortable.
lengthy conversation of going through what treatment he had received &
the medication diagnosed & the not knowing what caused the illness &
what was the trigger for the ticks he was getting we placed him on the
Super - Old Age - Globalvite - Pre
I have now
been using these products since May 2013 & whilst it has taken a couple
of months to see the real results my horse has had no episodes for the
last 7 weeks, even in all this hot weather he has been fine & only once
did he have a slight tick but that was when the temperature reached 33,
I have not used the tablets for the last 3 months & he seems to be
coping well just having these supplements, this is a great relief to me
as I can afford to keep him on these once my insurance stops for this
I just make
sure that his face is kept covered in all weathers.
I hope my
story will give horse owners who horses have the same illness that there
is hope & it does not mean the end of their faithful friend. It does
take time as each horse is different so like mine the results were not
immediate but I persevered. I have
attached a picture of him before his condition.
Guardian Mask & Global Herbs as this has been a life saver for my horse
& given me hopefully many more years together.
Thank you Katrina for sharing your
experience. We really appreciate the extra information discovered
with using the supplements as well, many horse owners ask about this and
we hope your testimonial will help them as well. Thank
you also for the pictures, you have a wonderful friend there, we are
thrilled that you found us and the mask is helping Sirus!
Update June 18
Thought I would give an update on Sirus, he is now 22 years young & we
have his condition fully under control with (touch wood) no sign of his
condition for the last 6 months. He is doing so well in himself, you
wouldn’t think there is nothing wrong with him now, he also behaves like
a 3 year old when riding & now & again will try & have a little canter
off with me.
I have attached a rare picture of him without his mask as when I freshen
up his face he likes to have a quick roll before I put the clean one
back on, this shows what great condition he is in now he has no stress &
worry of headaches & also one of us kitted out in our riding gear,
notice the cheeky tongue pose which is normal for him. The funniest part
of when we ride out is that people actually ask me if he is blind lol.
I am back to competing now in show jumping & plan to do cross country
again this winter
Thank you once again for been my life saver
What a beautiful update, he just looks amazing! Thank you
very much for the photos and letting us know that Sirus is going strong!
We are just thrilled at how great he looks with, and without his
Congratulations on getting on with competing again too, that is
Thank you Katrina, we are extremely happy for you and Sirus!