Managing The Horse With Cushing’s
The vet has diagnosed it and the reality begins to sink in – your horse has Cushing’s disease. Now what? Cushing’s is an endocrine disease caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland that is most often seen in older horses and ponies. This tumor results in high cortisol and is most often exhibited by hyperglycemia (high glucose), excessive thirst, excessive eating, excess urination and a shaggy haircoat. At this time there is no cure for Cushing’s but by keeping a close eye on nutrition and management, we can improve the quality and possibly lengthen the life span of a Cushing’s horse.