Cowboy started his medicine regime today--carbamazepine twice per day--10 pills which we'll reduce to 6 pills when he shows improvement. For now, the mask is coming of so we can tell if there actually is an improvement, but we'll also have to have some sunlight. My veterinarian spoke to some other veterinarians who treat more of these cases and they said they've had remarkable results--even curing it completely--with carbamezepine. We're going to start with that and then add in cyproheptadine with it--only if necessary. At the highest dosage it costs about $25.00 for ten days. The cyproheptadine is much more expensive, but my vet has found a way to bring the price down.
Cia is in her stall resting. For some reason the other horses acted like they'd never seen her before and the mares were horrible to her last night. She had a big bite mark on her hind end this morning. I put her in her own stall today and made many trips back and forth to just be with her and soak her girth area in warm water. I won't be putting her out with them for a long time. I just want her to rest and get used to being home again. I've started doing some of the TTouches to help her relax--mostly massaging around her neck and shoulders and face (as much as she'll allow). I'm not going to rush her back into training, but when the opportunity is right, I do want to move quickly and keep her going. I'll probably start with light ground work and go from there.