Can anyone tell me about Cushings disease? I know nothing about it and haven't found much info that is of any help.
My friend (with the big appy I ride) got a phone call for a guy who she had given 2 horses to 4 years ago. The deal was that both horses would be ridden by the kids and grandkids.
The guy rang because both horses were sick and he didn't want them any more. Anyway, she goes to pick them up and unfortunately nothing could be done for the big horse (i don't know the details and it upsets her to talk about it, sorry guys), but the pony is still on her feet (sort of).
Anyway, it seems that Paddy has foundered. She's about 11 hands, smokey chestnut with flaxen mane and tail. She is absolute skin and bone. (ive never seen this horse skinny, she was always overweight).
Anyway Paddy is in a really bad way. She doesn't want to walk and her hooves are like clogs (toes are that long). So she gets her home, gets the farrier out to clean up her feet and then gets the vet out. The vet said that she has definitely foundered, may have a protein deficiency and is likely to have cushings (sp?) disease and they want to take blood tests.
Does anyone know if cushings can be cured? Will the mare recover enough to have a happy life? Can she ever be ridden again? (she was supposed to be used for my kids to learn on as she is extremely quiet).
Any info would be greatly appreciated, or if you can point me in the right direction.
Thanks in advance guys