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post #1 of 22 Old 11-07-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Sick mare... Prayers are needed!!

Our barn owner has a mare she adores, and Bitty (the mare) has terrible Cushing's. Most days she can't hardly move:`````( They are doing everything to make her more comfortable. Prayers please!!! Thanks! God Bless!
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-07-2013, 12:03 PM
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Our barn owner has a mare she adores, and Bitty (the mare) has terrible Cushing's. Most days she can't hardly move:`````( They are doing everything to make her more comfortable. Prayers please!!! Thanks! God Bless!
Cushings sucks! My pony Alfie(shetland/welsh) has it and it's very obvious. He is very fat and it hurts his joints when he gets too big so he is on a diet. His fur also growns and doesnt shed.. it is also growing orange..which is odd considering he is a black pony.. Praying for the mare!! Hope she feeels better!! Give her a nice nose rub if you can for me!
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Cushings sucks! My pony Alfie(shetland/welsh) has it and it's very obvious. He is very fat and it hurts his joints when he gets too big so he is on a diet. His fur also growns and doesnt shed.. it is also growing orange..which is odd considering he is a black pony.. Praying for the mare!! Hope she feeels better!! Give her a nice nose rub if you can for me!
We're going to the barn tonight. I'll give her a rub and a carrot for ya:)
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post #4 of 22 Old 11-07-2013, 01:11 PM
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Sounds like she has either laminitis or founder on top of the Cushings. It's a problem that a lot of Cushings horses have.

It's not the actual Cushings that's making her hurt, it's the inflammation in her feet because of it.

Unfortunately, if she develops sinking founder all the prayers in the world aren't going to help her.
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We're going to the barn tonight. I'll give her a rub and a carrot for ya:)
I'll pray for your pony, too:)
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I'll keep her in my prayers. I hope everything turns out good.
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-07-2013, 04:53 PM
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Unfortunately, if she develops sinking founder all the prayers in the world aren't going to help her.
Agree with you Speed, except for the above. It is treatable too.

OP, I know not your horse, but she needs to see a trimmer/farrier who can trim & manage her feet right. Something's very likely not right there if she can hardly move! She will also likely need a bit more frequent hoofcare, as cushings tends to make all skin, hair hooves grow quicker. Even teeth too, according to some. Along with medication for cushings, a good, healthy diet & protection for her hooves, such as padded rehab boots, until the 'founder' is got under control, to allow more *comfortable* movement.

The orange hair is a sign of lack of nutrition - that may not be because she's not being appropriately fed/supped but that the disease is reducing what she can get out of it. Upping/adding magnesium to the diet will help too.

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Agree with you Speed, except for the above. It is treatable too.

OP, I know not your horse, but she needs to see a trimmer/farrier who can trim & manage her feet right. Something's very likely not right there if she can hardly move! She will likely need a bit more frequent hoofcare, as cushings tends to make all skin, hair hooves grow quicker. Even teeth too, according to some. Along with medication for cushings, a good, healthy diet & protection for her hooves, such as padded rehab boots, until the 'founder' is got under control, to allow more *comfortable* movement.

The orange hair is a sign of lack of nutrition - that may not be because she's not being appropriately fed/supped but that the disease is reducing what she can get out of it. Upping/adding magnesium to the diet will help too.
She's been seeing the farrier very frequently, and the vet. Both her front feet have prolapsed:**( She's being booted with some sort of hoof stuff that helped their other mare who foundered. She can move (that was the wrong way to put it) but she is very sore. I recommended they change her feed, and they have. She is also getting chaste berry. Thanks!
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What did they change her feed to? That's the most important thing with Cushing's/IR horses. The vet can and should advise.
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What did they change her feed to? That's the most important thing with Cushing's/IR horses. The vet can and should advise.
The vet said safe choice senior, which had 20% nsc. Too high. We gave them our last bag of ultium competition, with 16% nsc. Still a little high, but better. I don't think the vet knows a lot about nutrition. I think she fell for the "safe choice" name, when it isn't at all.
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