Is your horse being treated for Equine Cushing's disease?

If so your horse may be eligible for a free* annual monitoring test. Participating veterinary surgeons can generate a free* monitoring test code on your behalf.

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

'Diaz-Dorada' Gemmell

Our Horse of the Month for May is Diaz-Dorada! This beautiful Lusitano X Andalucian mare is owned by Aileen who says that she was increasingly concerned by a few changes in Diaz-Dorada who had become slightly footy, had some new fat deposits, was showing more spookiness and there was even some nastiness in her temperament. Finally Diaz-Dorada had an episode of laminitis which lingered on and was particularly evident after a farrier trim, so her vet took a blood sample and x-rayed Diaz-Dorada’s hooves. The blood sample confirmed that Diaz-Dorada had Equine Cushing’s disease, so she was prescribed one tablet a day to treat this condition. Aileen also started to soak her hay, to change her feed to a lower sugar option, to feed her bran, garlic and light fibre and to restrict her grazing as part of a laminitis management regime.  

We’re delighted to hear that Diaz-Dorada is much more comfortable now: she’s shod and walking much more freely, she’s less spooky (although apparently she can sometimes still be a bit over-reactive) and she has returned to her previous good natured behaviour 😊 She’s on her second month of treatment for Cushing’s and her vet will be blood testing her again in 2 weeks to monitor her progress.

Because the signs of Equine Cushing’s disease are caused by hormone imbalances, they can take some time to develop as well as to disappear. Any changes in the severity of this disease will usually show up as hormone changes before clinical symptoms are apparent. This is why it’s so important to blood test regularly, especially after first starting treatment and after any dose changes, so that any changes in the level of disease control can be picked up and managed before they start to cause symptoms such as laminitis.

Thanks so much for sharing Diaz-Dorada’s story with us Aileen – we hope she continues to be happy and comfortable on her Cushing’s treatment!

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