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

'Alfi' Threadgold

Our horse of the Month for May is Alfi! Teresa has owned this gorgeous girl for 15 years, and spent many years hacking, taking part in local shows and competing in endurance events. She has always been incredibly forward going and scopey. Teresa first noticed her coat was thickening slightly in 2018: before that she was fine skinned and not very hairy. She also struggled to heal from skin infections, was even harder than normal to get weight on and became a bit lethargic.

Teresa told us: “My vet suggested a Cushing’s test. Alfi was about 27 by this time and when the test result came back positive I was taken slightly by surprise as I'd told myself I was just ruling it out. The vet prescribed a daily tablet to treat the condition, and I was amazed by how quickly I noticed a difference! Her cresty neck was the first thing to change and this was after just a couple of weeks of treatment! I was anxious when she was first diagnosed as I didn't know anything about the condition, but this website and Facebook group have been very helpful. Although it took us a while to get used to the daily tablet all is good now: she is back to her old self with regard to energy and around the time of starting the medication I moved house and now have her at home which is lovely. I could not ask for more and am hoping for many more riding years with my old girl”

What a wonderful story Teresa – we’re so glad that Alfi’s Cushing’s was picked up and that she’s doing so well on treatment! Thank you for sharing with us 😊

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