I'm not sure who I talked to in the office today when I ordered
my replacement eyes for my miniature horse "Wonder Willow". We
did get to talking and I told her all about my mini and how the
mask has preserved her eyesight.
Willow was dropped off at my barn (abandoned like a cat) at
around 10 months of age. I Noticed her big bug eyes that were
always dark. I couldn't see her pupils. I kept a couple of
fly masks on her to protect her eyes. A few months later, my
vet was out on a routine visit when I showed her Willow's
strange and disturbing eyes. It turned out that I couldn't
distinquish her pupils because her pupils couldn't shut. They
were always wide open - as wide as could possibly be so I can't
even tell you what color eyes she has! My vet said it was a
matter of time before she would go blind when the sunlight
burned out her retina. So I got her a guardian mask. I belong
to several horse email lists and the guardian mask was highly
Fast forward to now. Willow is 6 years old and drives a cart
for pleasure shows and a sulky for in-harness gymkhanas in which
she does very well. She also does very well in showmanship,
in-hand trail and in-hand jumping. Except for the showmanship
classes, she keeps her mask on at all times - even when
showing. In her last show she won the in-hand trail and a pole
bending class in the cart and high placings in the rest of her
She has her own 4H kid and is loving life. I do not see any
deterioration in her eyesight. For this I have to credit
Guardian mask. Thank you so much for giving this spunky little
mini a chance in being a useful, happy mare.
I've included a few photos of Willow and a very short clip of
her jumping 2 feet.
Nokesville Pleasure Driving Show, July 11 and August 15.
Miniature Horse Combined Driving:
Kutzman MINI FEEL-X carriages:
The Hyperbike - best fun in the world!
This is such an unusual thing to have happen, you are a very
caring individual to have accepted little Willow and given her a
chance to live a normal life. She is obviously happy and
productive! Thank you so much for sharing this unusual