The biggest other symptom of cushings that she has is her shedding. She sheds out in patches and it comes out in clumps in some places and clings in others. She has a bit of a belly but definitely doesn't have the fat that some cushings horses have.
She started pergolide on thursday and we put foam shoes on her that day too (but they need to be replaced). She's much happier as of today and is moving pretty well. She still stands uncomfortably but she's much perkier. That is until she sees me coming and knows shes going to get a dose of bute, which she hates. I know she's doing better because I have to chase her to catch her for her dose. lol
I have no clue if the pergolide acts this quickly. I know that the bute wasnt' helping for a couple of days because I couldn't get the powder into her!
I don't have any pics for you. She is very long right now because when the farrier came out a couple of weeks ago Magic couldn't even hold a foot up for her. The farrier was super patient and tried very hard but couldn't get a lot done. She is due to come out next week and try again. She's a barefoot specialist so I hope she is going to know the best way to trim for a lamanitic horse.
Thanks for the input, I'll read the links tonight =)
The patchy shedding can be a sign of cushings; that is how my good friend's cushings/IR Paso Fino started out.
However, it might also be a sign of hind gut ulcers. "might" being the operative. While my metabolic horse did not have patchy/clumpy shedding, he wasn't letting go of his hair. I worried about cushings since he's in his 20's. Once the hind gut ulcers were diagnosed and we started treatment, he shed out almost before my eyes.
I am privileged (not) to have a second horse with insulin resistance who foundered in March, 2012. Measuring from the dorsal wall, he foundered 8 - 9 degrees on the LF and 5 degrees on the RF. The LF was pointing pretty far south.
He remained barefoot, in boots with part pads. He continues to be formally trimmed every 4 weeks and I keep his heels rasped down in-between visits. The heels need to come down but not too fast, elst tendon damage can ensue (I have a big fat vet bill to prove that
Ask the barefoot trimmer to show you how to very lightly rasp the heels in-between her visits which ideally, should be every 4 weeks but if that's too much $$$, five weeks since you're dealing with founder. She may even have an old rasp she could give you that would be suitable for the light rasping you would need to do. If there's one thing I've learned thru this founder process, it takes the owner's hands AND the Trimmers hands for a successful and faster recovery. The owner just has to do precisely what they're told to do - nothing more nothing less
^^^Meaning, while I haven't had new x-rays yet, his hooves appear to have either completely or nearly completely de-rotated ---- without having to pound nails for shoes into an already painful hoof.
He never missed a day getting turned out, although I did keep him by himself in the half acre barnyard when he first foundered. He comes in at night.
Good luck to you, I hope this helps you