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post #21 of 25 Old 10-29-2011, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have had my vet out. She didnt recomend testing yet, she wasnt to concerned yet about it, I trust her, but Im also not going to run and put my horse on a product that isnt even us aproved and will cause liver damage in the long run. What I have my mare on is all naturl erb wont hurt her at all.

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post #22 of 25 Old 10-29-2011, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by LadyRichards View Post
I have had my vet out. She didnt recomend testing yet, she wasnt to concerned yet about it, I trust her, but Im also not going to run and put my horse on a product that isnt even us aproved and will cause liver damage in the long run. What I have my mare on is all naturl erb wont hurt her at all. So go beat your head as much as you want to.
You wanted opinions on what was up with your horses coat. People told you to go to the vet and have her tested for cushings. You decided to treat her as if she had cushings. And Yes natural herbs can and will do harm if you are treating an animal (whether it be human, horse or whatever) for something they potentially may not have. You are introducing something into their system that they may or may not need.

Did you even ask your vet about the coat? I am doubting not. It's not that hard to have it tested for so just call your vet and have it done. Then you know for sure what your horse should be treated for, if anything.

Chaste berry hasn't even been confirmed as a treatment for cushings. It's thought that it may or may not help, but there is no proof one way or the other. So yes, you are potentially putting something in your horse's system that may cause more harm than good.

I also don't know where you get your information, but there are two US approved drugs for the treatment of cushings. Pergolide and cyproheptadine are the two drugs that are used to treat horses with cushings. Funny that you say they aren't US approved as they are also a form of medication for humans...

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post #23 of 25 Old 10-29-2011, 09:09 AM
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I don't believe I saw where anyone asked you about your Appy's ancestry. Is she registered and/or do you know her ancestry? The reason I ask is that if she is not registered and you don't know her ancestry it is possible she may have another breed mixed in that might display a more curly coat.

As a sidebar, let me point out that just because a remedy or supplement is an "all natural herb" does NOT mean it is either gentle or safe. Many prescription medications, if not most, are derived from natural sources, and many natural products are extremely potent and have to be used with care. No criticism there - just saying...
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post #24 of 25 Old 10-29-2011, 12:30 PM
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horses coat growth/shedding patterns has nothing to do with the temperature. It is the light patterns outside. if a horse is in a stall all the time, sometimes it will mess up the hair growth/shedding. but in that pic she is outside, so that must not be the problem. we took in a rescue horse not too long ago. it was during late winter. he was extremely underweight and malnourished. he had fungus growing on him. No matter how many times he was bathed, he stunk. and he had the heaviest, curly coat i have ever seen on a thoroughbred. In early summer, he still wasnt shedding out at all. We gave him trace mineral blocks and he licked those like crazy. He only ate hay and a feed called Thrive. It is a feed that you can feed free choice and it will not colic or founder them at all. And it puts muscle on them like crazy. So he was eating a 40 pound bag of Thrive a day. (yes it is good for them. if you dont believe me go to Thrive feed's website.) After he was all filled out and had gotten all the minerals he needed over a period of time, he started shedding. Finally, at the end of August, it was all gone. Now he is starting to get a nice, healthy winter coat!! So maybe your appy isnt getting the minerals she needs? Do you have a mineral block for her or give her enough minerals in her diet? Something to think about :)
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post #25 of 25 Old 11-03-2011, 08:53 PM
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I have an American Bashkir Curly horse and she has naturally curly hair, but it is very curly year-round [as far as I know]. I do know that Appy blood has been introduced to the breed, but it could be possible [if she doesn't have cushings] that she has some Curly blood in her. Some Curlies do have straight hair in the summer, and curly hair in the winter.

But really listen to what the others are saying. It doesn't matter if your vet is concerned at all, you are paying them! If you want them to take a test for Cushings then you should just to see if you can rule it out or start treatment.
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