Originally Posted by alexischristina View Post
I have been fortunate enough to avoid any sort of ill health in my horses, so this is all very new to me.
I've had horses my entire life. It used to be my dogs cost more in extraneous vet bills than the horses.
That all ended in 2007 when my now 25 yr old was diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
In hind-site now that I have some knowledge on the subject, he had been demonstrating insulin issues for three years previous but the gradual increase of poor health was like a slow-cooker and went un-noticed by me; in my infinite wisdom, I figured he "was just showing signs of old age early" dumb, dumb, dumb
Until he lost ~80 lbs in six weeks, got depressed, would not lead the herd (he's the strong alpha guy), and started laying down all the time in one corner of the front pasture with the 2nd-in-command standing guard over him.
That was May, 2007 and his diagnosis by the first vet was "cushingnoid". Technically he has Equine Metabolic Syndrome, a/k/a peripheral cushings. It seems to mimic cushings in certain symptoms, yet the pituitary gland allegedly is not affected like it is with true cushings.
He's been with me since a coming 3 yr old and was never down with anything a day in his life.
While he's never had laminitis, he did colic on me nine times in 2012, thus the diagnosis of hind gut ulcers, possibly lipomas in the GI tract, and now on Succeed at $90/mo, forever.
In June, 2010 another TWH was diagnosed with true insulin resistance and foundered in a major way March, 2012.
I said all that to say, up until 2007, it was "good ride Cowboy, good ride" - lol lol
Anyway, I did find the link to back up the quote above, in case you want to bookmark it. Horse Hay Alternatives
Please update when you find out what's wrong. The diagnosis may be helpful to someone. Along with burning my eyeballs out, reading every credible article I could find, the help I received on forums has been immeasurable