My name is Lauren Berrouard,
and I am 16 years old. I have had two blind horses, and one partially
blind pony since I started at my current barn 8 years ago. I still have
one blind lady named Jane, who is 49 years old.
For about a year, we had an
11 year old OTTB named Nova. He was a sweet boy, and a great match
with the woman who owned him with my father. Only a short time
after we received ownership of him, I received a text message from
her, saying "I didn't ride Nova today, something's up with his eye".
Ever since Jane went blind, I had joined a Blind Horse group and
researched eye diseases. I went to the farm, and Nova was exhibiting
all of the common signs of Equine Recurrent Uveitis.
We had the vet out not long
after noticing the change in Nova. The woman who also owned Nova
was skeptical about the mask, so she asked the vet his opinion. He
didn't think it would hurt, but didn't think it would help either. I
could not convince her to read any more about the mask or even use
it. I had graciously been given the mask for free (with the 95%
sunshades) for Jane before we knew that Nova had Uveitis, as I could
not afford one myself.
I did, however, get her to
agree to putting it on Nova when there was snow on the ground
because of the reflection it produced. Sadly, Nova never got better.
Because of some other extreme symptoms, Nova had to be euthanized.
I am happy to say that the
Guardian Mask gave Nova temporary comfort for the few wonderful days
that he wore it. He seems so much less miserable. With the mask, he
was not able to tear up his face scratching it against anything he
could. It kept the sun out of his sensitive and painful eyes, and
let him be a horse.
For our thanks, I send you
a couple pictures of our wonderful boy.
Thank you for EVERYthing
that you guys do for these wonderful Blindies!!
Thank you Lauren, for such a wonderful account of your dedication and
love of these special horses. It is folks like yourself that makes
every bit of making these masks so worth it.