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Re: Cushing's Syndrome

There is a list for folks with horses with Cushing's. You can check out the site at  The list offers lots of information and moral support from other owners.
Good luck - Jeanne
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From: Carolyn Burgess
To: ;
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 7:26 PM
Subject: RC: Cushing's Syndrome

I'm hoping to get some information from all of you concerning Cushing's
Syndrome and your personal experience with it.  My favorite mare (don't tell
my other horses) was just diagnosed with Cushing's.  She tested at 276.8
pg/ml for the equine endogenous acth.  When I asked my vet what was the
highest reading she'd seen and my horse was it.  However, she doesn't have
alot of the symptoms that accompany Cushings, the main reason I asked for
the test was that her appetite and body shape changed this winter.  She has
always been shaggy in the winter, but completely sheds out to a sleek, shiny
coat.  Winter is always a difficult time with her; she is a difficult eater
and always loses alot of weight over the winter and she is not a great water
drinker.  So winter always required a great deal of vigilance with her.  Not
this winter.  Her hay consumption doubled, from about 15 pounds of grass hay
per day to about 25 pounds per day. She was getting so fat I reduced her
grain from 6 pounds/day of Omolene 100 to 2 pounds/day.  Her normal weight
was between 815 - 830, and she is about 15H.  She is now at 875.  She
doesn't have the increased water consumption and urination.  She will be
taking medication, I can't remember what of the treatments she will be

Let me get to my questions. I don't really know how old she is, but she is
anywhere between 19 and 23 years old.  I'd like to hear from anyone who has
or had a Cushings horse and how the treatments went or are going.  Did you
get good results from the drugs and how bad were the side effects
(halucinating is one of them).  My vet also told me about an herbal
treatment for Cushings, but she doesn't know the name of it or how it works,
but she is not averse to this, so if anyone knows of this, I'd like to hear
about it.  I've found alot of information on the web, which I am still
digesting, and my mare is fine at this point.  My husband and I are planning
on buying a ranch and moving, but this is still a couple of years away.  So
I just want to buy enough time to be able to love and spoil her, and be able
to bury her on our land.  Thanks in advance,

Carolyn Burgess
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