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

'Bishop Dale Tinker'

This handsome pony is our latest Horse of the Month! His name is Bishop Dale Tinker, and his owner Yvonne told us that she became concerned about him when “My normally active pony began to be lethargic and depressed, and his weight became a problem too. My farrier noticed he was showing low-lying laminitis although he wasn’t lame.”

After discussing these signs with his vet, a blood test was carried out. This showed an elevated ACTH level of 128 pg/ml which confirmed that Bishop Dale Tinker had Equine Cushing’s disease.  He was prescribed medication to manage the disease, and Yvonne put him on restricted grazing, soaked his hay for 12 hours and exercised him daily in order to reduce his weight and laminitis risk. After following this regime for a month another blood test was taken which showed Bishop’s ACTH level had fallen to 24 pg/ml, which would be considered a normal level at the time of year the blood test was taken.

More importantly, Yvonne reports “he has all his energy back and has lost a great deal of weight. I’ve got my happy cheeky fell pony back!”

We are so pleased to hear your story Yvonne – thanks for sending it in!

Share your story about managing PPID/Equine Cushing's disease