Cushing’s, or PPID, is a hormonal disorder of the pituitary gland. It is said to affect more than half of horses 14 years or older. This condition should be taken seriously! If your horse is obese, inactive, or a pony breed, then you should be extra aware of Cushing’s.
10 Telltale Signs of Cushing’s Disease
- Trouble shedding winter coat
- Hair may become long, matted and curly
- Lots of drinking and urination
- Increased sweating
- Heightened appetite
- Potbelly appearance
- Fat deposits above the eyes, crest of neck and tail head
- Poor topline
- Tired and lethargic
- Wounds take a while to heal and experience more infections
The best approach to identifying Cushing’s disease is to work with your veterinarian. They will study your horse’s history and symptoms. Hormonal tests like ACTH hormone concentrations and TRH stimulation may also be recommended.
With proper nutrition and veterinary treatment, many horses can go on to live happy and comfortable lives!