Tom, Alison & their horse
"Pilot" - 04-29-2002
This is a follow-up to my telephone call to you on Friday afternoon.
As I told you on the phone, the Guardian Mask with the 95% UV filter
arrived and I couldn't wait for my wife Alison to get home from work to
try it out on Pilot, our 27 year old Trakaner/TB cross. The effect
of the filters was immediate. What had been very violent head
shaking - so bad last summer that he had difficulty eating - decreased to
For a number of years, all three of our horses have exhibited some head
movement that the vet said was due to pollen allergies. But in the
summer of 2001, Pilot's head shaking changed. While he still
occasionally would move his head in that "scooping" motion, he
began to make very violent and frequent head jerks. They seemed to
be involuntary spasms. He was first treated with azium, which didn't
seem to have any significant effect and then "Cypro" was
prescribed, which did seem to help.
This spring the shaking started in late March and we had
decided to try keeping him out of direct sunlight rather
than go with medications until our vet felt they were
absolutely necessary. So we were resigned to putting
all three horses out around 5:30am and bringing them in by
the time it was fully daylight, then keeping the barn dark
until sunset when they would go out for a few hours. Pilot was so uncomfortable by sunrise that he would literally run into his
Then Alison went to the "web" asking a search engine for info on
"equine head shaking." Lo and behold, she came across a
link to "Guardian Mask." I know it sounds like a scripted
commercial, but the results from the mask can only be described as a
"miracle". All weekend, Alison and I looked out into the
fields in amazement to see "Pi" quietly grazing, with no violent
I am including a few pictures I took this morning of Pilot peacefully
enjoying the new Virginia spring grass.
Thank you, Sid.
Tom and Alison Gillette
PS - Pilot is already lowering his head in the morning so that we can put
the mask on.
Thank you very much Tom & Alison
for sharing the wonderful news about Pilot. One of the things we
love to hear is that the horses are "lowering their head" to receive the
Guardian Mask. They obviously know the relief and accept the help.
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