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18788 10-21-2010 09:43 PM

New from New Zealand
Hey all,
I just signed up today. I have a rising 22 TB mare with ECD who is getting back into it after 3 kids and a hard winter, this one past.
Mostly I'm looking for alternative sources of information on geriatric care or ECD care.
I'm also very interested in equine-assisted psychotherapy if anyone's in the know =)


The TLC Files
Caring for horses in Auckland, NZ.

Spastic_Dove 10-21-2010 09:51 PM

I'm going to school to get into equine assisted psychotherapy -- At the uni of canterbury =)

tinyliny 10-21-2010 10:17 PM

Dear Kiwi friend,

Could you educate me on this condition of your horse? I don't know it, but I lack knowledge of horse illnesses.
Welcome to the forum. There are plenty of moms doing the kids and horses things. Mine are 14 and 20 so I am getting a lot of free time these days.

18788 10-21-2010 10:33 PM

Thanks to you both.
Spastic Dove - is there a research program for that going on at UC? I haven't heard of it, but I also haven't really checked out any universities outside of Auckland... Logistics and finances and all... I'm planning to get a Doctorate in Clinical Psych and research it for my thesis... Down the track =)

Tinyliny, I think I've confused you! Rose, my mare, is the mother of three =) I myself am mother only to an evil cat and a psychotic old thoroughbred ;)

ECD is equine cushings disease... Basically failure/malfunction of the pituitary gland. Her body doesn't properly regulate hormones any longer, and has constantly elevated stress hormone levels. She's just had a full body clip a couple weeks ago as her hair grows very long, thick, and curly - she looks like a yak! Even her lips are covered in fur!

It's supposed to be degenerative and result in death, but with the way she's been getting along I'm sure she has many more years left before it gets near that point!

-- C.

The TLC Files
Caring for horses in Auckland, NZ.

tinyliny 10-21-2010 10:39 PM

I am easily confused.

Spastic_Dove 10-21-2010 10:57 PM

I'm doing Social Work at Canterbury and going to be doing independent research. Once I'm done there I'll go on to get my LCSW and work as a therapist using equine assisted methods. I'm also going to be looking into the possibilities of theraputic usages of less common animals (most specifically the observation of large cats and marine mammals). There's a few people practicing it who are usually pretty helpful in assisting with research. Most of my EAP-centered work is a bit down the road but I'm getting the basics done.
I was going to do Clinical Psych as well, but liked the flexibility of the social work programs. It'll be a great thesis topic though!

As far as cushings goes, I've never had to deal with it first hand. I've mostly heard of it being maintained by diet and the like...

18788 10-21-2010 11:20 PM

What does LCSW stand for?
Big cats and marine mammals sounds rather off the beaten track! So far it sounds like I'll have to do some serious convincing if I want to research EAP here at UoA, that or arrange to have a supervisor via correspondence.
What sort of therapies are you looking at? I'm especially interested in communication skills, but also the benefits of assisting in rehabilitation of animals in crisis situations for people dealing with depression.
How will your eventual social work qualifications differ from what you can do with a Clinical Doctorate? It is similar but more community-based?

It is managed via diet, and also with medication. I've been avoiding medicating her because Peroglide (the drug normally prescribed) has side-effects of depression and anorexia... I've seen her depressed and never want to again!
I supplement her with chaste tree berry extract for pituitary support, and tonnes of garlic for her immune system, which cushings compromises.
Keeping them in a quiet, stress-free environment helps too.
So far it's been working and she's even started shedding properly for the first time in almost 2 years. That was a rather exciting moment ^_^

-- C.

The TLC Files
Caring for horses in Auckland, NZ.

Spastic_Dove 10-21-2010 11:29 PM

Oh good for her! I always feel bad for them when they look like little whooly mammoths. There's some awesome people here that would probably have some experience with management of cushings.

A LCSW stands for Licensed Clinical Social Worker. It's a certification I'll end up getting here in the states. It's a lot like clinical psych but more community based. If I decide to go that path, I can end up going into private practice if need be. I'm planning on working with younger individuals who are either at risk or a victim of assault. I'll be specifically focusing on the lgbt community.
Right now I think I'll be focusing using the EAGALA ( for therapy as I've found they're really effective within this group. If you haven't heard of them I would certainly check them out.

The only real benefit I see of going for my doctorate (in social work) would be the ability to teach so I'm not sure if I'll end up doing that since I've chosen this route. It would also mean a slight pay raise which would help because a LCSW is going to be making a chunk less than one with your qualifications.

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