Aid Kit for Horses
Mobile phone (to call for help)
Equiwrap/vet wrap/Animal Lintex
Silver spray/Purple spray
Penknife or scissors
Disposable nappy (makes good emergency dressing)
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Cushings Disease usually
occurs in older equines as the result of a benign tumour of the pituitary gland. Symptoms include long, curly coat which often
does not shed in Spring and Summer; sweating; increased thirst, weight loss and laminitis. Cushings is a serious condition
and you should contact your vet if you suspect your horse might have it. There is no known cure.
Tips from owners who have had horses and ponies with Cushings
Talk to your
vet. It is also polite to tell your vet if you intend to use alternative therapies.
Ask for advice from equine charities which are
used to dealing with Cushings.
Clip as often as necessary to keep horse comfortable.
Treatments for Cushings can vary as some horses cope better
than others. Some can be ridden and live a relatively ‘normal’ life.
Pergolide is a medication which can be prescribed
in severe cases.
Stick to a low calorie diet, low in sugar but high in fibre as starving horses causes other problems.
Herbal mixes for Cushings
are also recommended by owners, such as Hilton Herbs ‘Cush X’. One owner reported ponies improved on it, shed
long hair and a shine returned to their coats.
Try worming with ‘Verm X’ chemical free pellets as they act as a liver
tonic. www.verm-x.com. This wormer was also recommended by another owner for dogs, rabbits and
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