Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I purchased one of your masks, and it is all that you stated, well built and rugged however, my horse is thin skinned and there is a spot where the mask is rubbing the hair off his skin. What would you recommend?
A: We have found that by using mole skin, fleece, or spandex in the area helps, you can sew it on the spot needed with heavy duty thread. We also have the Traditional 95% Guardian Mask which is made of the 95% materials, there are however no "Sunshades". The Sunshades are designed to keep the mesh away from your horses eyes so the mask can help protect while healing properly. This is an alternative mask for such occasions, please be sure to check your horse to make sure he is not rubbing on objects.
Q: I have a four year old Quarter horse that has a problem with eye weeping, swelling and her eyes have a tendency to get cloudy, what do you recommend?
A: Have your Veterinarian check for possible Uveitis. We recommend using Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades along with treatments discussed with your veterinarian. Please use the mask in all daylight hours, year round. Not just during flare ups. Use both Sunshades, if your horse is only showing symptoms in one eye, both eyes still need the protection or the good eye can become affected. If not treated aggressively, the disease can come back with a vengeance. For best aid in healing, control, and prevention of eye conditions, use the mask year round.
Q: My horse throws his head violently and I am unable to ride him, but he stops at night. What causes this?
A: This could be one of the symptoms of photo-sensitivity - headshaking, your horse should be checked thoroughly by your veterinarian. We recommend using the Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades in all daylight hours, year round to help with these sensitivities.
Q: Can my horse see safely out of the mask when using the 95% sunshades?
A: Yes, the horse should adjust rapidly to the Guardian Mask. Often times we are asked about using the mask at night. Horses have excellent night vision and use the mask comfortably 24/7 We do recommend using common sense and checking under the mask as often as you are able to make sure it is free of debris or there is no rubbing.
Q: My horse has uveitis, can I take the mask off if or when the symptoms are gone?
A: For any of the five major conditions and or general protection, we recommend usage year round for the best healing, control, and protection your horse can have. Often times conditions can return if the condition was originally caused by excess exposure to the sun.
Q: I have a miniature horse, do you make a mask this size?
A: Yes, we have two sizes for Miniatures, large and small.
Q: How do I wash my Guardian Mask?
A: Use a hose with a high pressure nozzle, if using soap, do not use detergent on the hook and loop. You can also machine wash in warm water with non detergent soap. Please was on a gentle cycle.
Q: My horse rubs his muzzle against the wall, why?
A: Possibly to relieve the pain from the trigeminal nerve caused by photo-sensitivity. Seek the advice of your vet and consider trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades. Use the mask in all daylight hours, year round.
Q: I found my horse putting his head in a barrel of water up to his eyes.
A: One of the many symptoms of photo-sensitivity due to pain in the trigeminal nerve area. Seek the advice of your vet and consider trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades. Use the mask in all daylight hours, year round.
Q: My Vet has given me several types of medication such as Bute, Bantamine, and some steroids for his uveitis condition, nothing seems to work.
A: We have had outstanding results in the care and as an aid in healing by using the Guardian Mask and 95% Sunshades. Seek the advice of your vet and consider trying Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades along with recommended treatements. If you are using the mask as recommended, in all daylight hours, year round, you are most likely going to be able to wean your horse off Bute or Bantamine. Please only do so by consulting your vet first.
Q: I was told by my veterinarian that Cisco has cataracts, would your mask and sunshades help slow this process?
A: Yes, with the added protection from UV rays. Just be sure to use the mask year round, in all daylight hours.
Q: How often does my horse have to wear his Guardian Mask with his eye problems?
A: Our research and feedback has shown that horses suffering, Headshaking, Uveitis, Cataracts, Cancer, Glaucoma and other related eye problems, should wear the Guardian Mask with 95% Sunshades, in all daylight hours for the rest of the horses natural life. At this time there is no known cure for many of these conditions, however the masks properties are an excellent aid in blocking the sun which in turns helps aid in healing, also relieves pain from direct sunlight.
Q: Does age and breed or location have anything to do with Headshaking?
A: We have found that it has nothing to do with location age or breed, we have sold and sent our product all over the world, for every breed, and age from 6 months to 37 years. There is evidence to show however that certain breeds such as Appaloosa's are more susceptible to uveitis and eye conditions, than any other breed. We understand that there is ongoing research in equine genetics to learn more.
Q: Recently, my horse was diagnosed with chronic Headshaking which has put a stop to our competitive endurance riding. Is the mask safe for me to use during competitions?
A: Yes we have had several past circumstances like yours, and once the horse is used to the Guardian Mask, and their performance generally returns to normal in most cases. You may want to contact the organization you are competing in to ask if they qualify the mask as part of your regular gear since the horse does need the mask and it is an equine medical garment.