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post #11 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 11:50 AM
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I have 2 appys and they don't really get heavy coats
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post #12 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 11:52 AM
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If it's only curly in a few spots like under their jaw, a bit on the legs, etc maybe not. Monitor how much water she drinks, excessive intake is a sign. Also look at her belly, is it exaggerated, bloated looking, has she lost muscle? I missed the this spring shed , a horse with cushing Has a harder time. But like Bubba said appys dont have CURLY coats.
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post #14 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 12:43 PM
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She's lovely and I love your smile! Looks like you guys have a ton of fun!
I've never had a horse with cushings so I can't help much with that, just get
her checked out. It's a mostly simple treatable condition, that has long term results. Good luck!
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post #15 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much for the nice words, we have a lot of fun together.

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post #16 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 01:06 PM
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When I bo't my Shetland she's was wearing a fairly heavy "sweater", in summer. Previous owner tho't that because she was built like a little tank, she didn't need deworming. I promptly dewormed her and within a month she started dropping her old winter coat. She was dewormed again thro the winter and in spring shedded out to a beautiful chocolate dapple. My qh seems slow to grow his coat as it's fine. By late winter he has long shaggy hair on his chest, elbows and lower belly. In summer his coat is short and slick. My TWH has coarse hair. His just lengthens all over. In summer, altho he shines like polished coal his coat doesn't get real slick like the other. Different hair texture.

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post #17 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 01:28 PM
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i am in central FL and the weather in FL has been up and down so much that my horses also have strange winter coats, but to be safe i would have her checked for cushings also.
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post #18 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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thank you, I am going to go get a better pair of clippers, I do a lot of trail riding and for her I think clipping her would be better, I can always blanket her if it gets to cold and I don't like the shaggy look on her. But come summer I am going to have her tested. There is a lady that puts her horses on chaste tree berry which is natural erb, she swears by it, says it reverses the cushions, I have had her on it for 3 weeks now so we will see.
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post #19 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 04:40 PM
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Why are you treating your mare when you don't even know for sure if she has cushings?

I seriously think that you should stop treating your mare, have her checked and then go over the options with your vet. She may not having cushings and you could poetintionally be cauasing her problems for treating her if she does not have it or you could be treating it in a completely inappropriate way for whatever she might have.

Waiting until next spring/summer before even testing her when you think there might be a problem is just asinine.

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post #20 of 25 Old 10-28-2011, 11:35 PM
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I agree with NdAppy: if you are in doubt - get a vet check. Treating from what is not there in 1st place is never a good idea.

She's very cute BTW (and I don't see anything curly on those summer pics, she also doesn't seem like having a winter coat).

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