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    02-16-2013, 10:21 PM
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Foal
Cushings

My 17 yr old Morgan Santana grows a super thick winter coat, and often has trouble blowing it in the Sprinng. And guess what's coming up?! Spring! Any ideas for helping him blow it, except the old, hour long, vigorus brushing? We're starting to watch him for cushings, any tips on possibly holding it off, or treating it when it comes?

(PS, we live in AL, and so we really have to get our horses' coats out quick, or we'll have heat strokes on our hands.
And he's 24/7 pasture, if it matters)
     
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    02-16-2013, 10:28 PM
  #2
Started
Our possible cushings QP gets super hairy. We haven't had a test done and probly will not. That being said, we feed orchard grass hay round bales free access. And lightly feed forage based complete feed. She's 23+ and the only symptom is hair retention.
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    02-16-2013, 11:10 PM
  #3
Foal
That was my first sign with my mare, Liz, who was diagnosed with Cushings almost 4 years ago. She wasn't shedding properly- it was June and she was still a little fuzzy. Looking back, I now realize that she also had a potbelly. I have no tips on getting your boy shed out faster, although a shedding blade helps a lot.

For feed, Liz gets timothy hay and Sentinel Senior grain, which is ok for a horse with not- too- advanced Cushings. She also get 1.5 mg of Pergolide. She started out on 1 mg, but after about 2 years she was having issues shedding again. She started shedding out within a week or 2 after starting on the meds. Lizzie sometimes has a lack of appetite from the Pergolide, but a change of grain usually gets her attention again. She sometimes gets a couple of bites of grass in the summer for a treat. She can have some other treats, but I have healthy, low sugar/starch treats so I don't have to worry so much about it.

Liz is in her mid- to- late 30's and still going strong. She's been diagnosed with Cushings for 4 years and has been on Pergolide since then. She in great shape and just needs a little extra attention to her diet. Good luck!
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    02-17-2013, 09:03 AM
  #4
Green Broke
17 and a Morgan is the Perfect Storm to be developing some form of metabolic issues, including cushings.

I really would have a vet draw blood to check insulin AND cortisol levels; that means two viles of blood. Plus the vet can give the horse an over-all physical that should include a quick brush of his hand down the coat to check hair texture.

The horse shouldn't have any grain whatsoever and if the horse is on pasture 24/7, get the grazing muzzle on for the daylight hours. It can come off at night, muzzles are not meant to be left on 24 hours a day.

Other things that can cause slow shedding and change the texture of the coat are:

1. Worms
2. Ulcers

I know from personal experience with my EMS horse who also has hind gut ulcers. Once the vet diagnosed him and I started treating him for the ulcers, he shed the rest of his coat in less than ten days.

I say "rest of his coat" because I had started clipping him, a little at a time. I'm an hour north of the Alabama border, so we experience early warmth and humidity, although not as bad as your area:(

I had given him a Tuxedo clip first. Two weeks later, I clipped his belly and half way up his barrel.

At that point he colicked really bad, twice in the same month, and that's when the vet diagnosed the hind gut ulcers.

Soon as he got on ulcer meds, he finished shedding on his own.

My point to all that is, in all likelihood, something wrong internally with your horse and the vet needs to get involved
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    02-17-2013, 08:24 PM
  #5
Foal
I went out today and rode him instead of Millie(she got ridden yesterday), and after leaning over his neck for a few seconds to praise him for actually going OVER the jump, not through it, I was COVERED in hair. His hair texture is the same, soft stuff it's always been, and he seems to be shedding out. I heard somewhere that feeding flax seed can help? Also, he has no potbelly, or any other signs of issues, but the vet is coming out soon to do coggins, so I'll say something, thanks! I'll try to get pics up soon.
     
    02-17-2013, 08:26 PM
  #6
Trained
You could always clip him if he hasn't shed out by the time the temps warm up.
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    02-17-2013, 09:18 PM
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Is a site specifically for info on Equine Cushings & Insulin Resistant horses by Dr Kellon.
     
    02-17-2013, 09:55 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MillieSantana    
I went out today and rode him instead of Millie(she got ridden yesterday), and after leaning over his neck for a few seconds to praise him for actually going OVER the jump, not through it, I was COVERED in hair. His hair texture is the same, soft stuff it's always been, and he seems to be shedding out. I heard somewhere that feeding flax seed can help? Also, he has no potbelly, or any other signs of issues, but the vet is coming out soon to do coggins, so I'll say something, thanks! I'll try to get pics up soon.
Don't be lulled into a sense of security with the shedding. They can shed a garbage can full but never shed out and next thing you know, it's June and the horse still has winter hair, even though it's shedding

I'm glad the vet is coming to do Coggins, I would ask for a blood draw to check both insulin and cortisol, if your checkbook can afford it

I would like nothing better than for you to tell me I am completly wrong because the vet said so
     
    02-17-2013, 09:58 PM
  #9
Foal
Yeah, me too. I doubt the checkbook can do it this time, but I'll definatley get him to look at whatever he can to give us an idea.
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