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post #1 of 9 Old 03-03-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Best Diet For Cushings

Not sure what I should feed my pony with cushings. I know sweet feed is a definite no no. I want to get his diet better because he has been fed sweet feed and his weight has gotten worse. He needs to lose weight and I am looking for a good feed to put him on!
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-03-2014, 12:27 PM
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Just plain grass or orchard grass hay. No alfalfa, no grains and no treats. With cushings there is a good inevitability that your horse will founder and repetatively so you want to start feeding him like he has already foundered. No sugars or anything that will be hard for his system to process.
There are vitamins that are suggested for cushings cases as well. It may be worth talking to the vet to see what they recommend.
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What do you do with your pony? What you feed depends on whether his nutrient requirements should reflect more of a maintenance horse or that of a working horse. AKA, do you ride and work him a lot?

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Just plain grass or orchard grass hay. No alfalfa, no grains and no treats. With cushings there is a good inevitability that your horse will founder and repetatively so you want to start feeding him like he has already foundered. No sugars or anything that will be hard for his system to process.
There are vitamins that are suggested for cushings cases as well. It may be worth talking to the vet to see what they recommend.
^^ Yes! Absolutely NO ALFALFA, AND NO GRAIN ^^ Try to acquire 1st cutting timothy (don't be alarmed that it looks almost 'straw-like') and feed nothing but that along with a loose mineral - find one with no protein. This simple diet (with approval from your vet) would be helpful to your horse :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 09:33 PM
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about the best info out there.

ration balancer or multivitamin plus grass hay. Pretty much the same diet as an insulin resistant horse. I've got a 39 yr old fatty I've been fighting the battle of the bulge with for years. What mine stays plump on would starve the average horse to death.
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 11:50 PM
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^That. Look up ecirhorse.com & study everything. Also safergrass.org & gravelproofhoof.org are good diet related sites. Exercise is good, so long as he's comfortable & not stressed about it. Hoofcare may need to be more frequent with a cushingoid.
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 11:56 PM
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I would work with your vet to find the perfect diet.

We had a lot of trouble with my horse. We are feeding last years first cutting soaked... anything else is too much. He does get grain, vet approved.

It's all about NSC's. Find the lowest amount possible. Start with just grass hay and if he needs more you can take it from there.
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