Our nationwide ACTH testing scheme is changing

From 11th March 2020 you will only be able to claim a complimentary* diagnostic test for Equine Cushing's disease through your veterinary practice.

Care About Cushing's

Equine Cushing’s disease (more correctly known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction or PPID) is a common hormonal disease of horses and ponies. Care About Cushing's is a community resource specifically developed to support horse owners in recognising the signs of Equine Cushing's disease, diagnosing it promptly, and creating the best management plan for their horse in order to maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of suffering associated with this disease.

What is Equine Cushing’s disease?

Membership

For expert advice and tools that will help you manage Equine Cushing's disease.

Finding out that your horse has Equine Cushing’s disease can be worrying - that's why 'Care About Cushing's' is here. We are here to support and guide you in sorting out the facts from the fiction, and provide a safe place for your horse's records and support you in making the best decisions for your horse. 

Join the community

Care About Cushing’s offers you the opportunity to become part of a community of fellow owners of horses faced with Equine Cushing’s disease. Becoming a member of this community offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Complimentary* annual monitoring test
  • Instant access to expert tips on diagnosing and managing Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) in your horse.
  • Simple accessible recording system to monitor your horse’s progress.
  • Video and document library to teach you useful techniques such as body condition scoring.
  • A direct line to veterinary experts ready to answer your questions.
  • Option to receive summaries of scientific advances in Equine Cushing’s disease and laminitis direct to your inbox.
  • Option to receive personalised alerts when action may be appropriate for your horse.
  • Option to participate in a survey to advance the understanding of Equine Cushing’s disease.
  • Learn from other horse owners experiences of Equine Cushing’s disease

*complimentary laboratory fees only. Visit, blood sampling and interpretation fees may be applied by veterinary practices.

 

Features of membership

How to spot it?

The signs of Equine Cushing’s disease will vary from one horse or pony to another. It’s therefore important to monitor your horse for all the clinical signs that are associated with this disease.

Laminitis Rings

Laminitis

Lethargy

Lethargy

Recurrent infections

Recurrent infections

Reduced fertility

Reduced fertility

Increased thirst/urination

Increased thirst/urination

Muscle wastage

Muscle wastage

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal fat deposits

Abnormal sweating

Abnormal sweating

Abnormal coat

Abnormal coat

If you recognise one or more of the signs of Equine Cushing’s disease in your horse, there are three simple steps you need to take to find out if they have the condition, and how to best manage the disease so that they continue to live a happy and healthy life.

Horse of the Month

'Barney' Williams

Our Horse of the Month for November is the very handsome Barney….better known to his friends, at his yard, as HRH! Barney (or HRH) turned 30 this year, and up until lockdown he was still a very active lively boy being ridden 5 days a week all year round. Due to lockdown restrictions his long hacks with his owner Samantha had to be cut back, so when Samantha started to notice his muscle wastage she initially thought it was due to lack of his usual exercise. Unfortunately Barney then started to show some behavioural changes – he was more lethargic, slept a lot, and became a very grumpy boy which was very out of character for him. Samantha decided to cover all bases covered and investigate all the possible causes of these changes, so she booked appointments for him with their physio, vet & equine dental technician (EDT). The physio gave Barney a clean bill of health with no pain or issues, the EDT took out a loose tooth, and then the vet diagnosed Equine Cushing’s disease based on a blood sample result. Although Barney’s blood test result was in the grey zone (the range of blood results which are neither completely positive nor completely negative for Cushing’s) it was decided to start medication. Four weeks on and Samantha reports that Barney’s sparkle pants are returning which is such a relief! Thank you for the gorgeous photo and for sharing Barney’s story Samantha – we’re so pleased he is back to his normal HRH self!

We are always interested to hear your stories about identifying and managing Equine Cushing's disease so that other owners can learn from the shared experiences of our community. Please do take a moment to send us your horse's story, and we will feature one horse each month on our Horse of the Month section.

  • Please include:
  • The signs of Equine Cushing's disease which your horse was showing before treatment began and how/why you spotted them
  • When/how Cushing's diease was diagnosed and your feelings about the diagnosis
  • The treatment that your vet has prescribed and any management changes that you have made
  • How your horse is doing now and why you feel they have benefitted from the identification and management of this condition