Our September Horse of the Month is Troy! Troy is a 22 year old Welsh Section D. Earlier this year his owner, Debbie, noticed that he had a long dull coat that hadn’t fully shed in the Spring, and that he had developed fat pads above his eyes. Troy’s vet took a blood sample showed that he had Equine Cushing’s disease, and prescribed a daily tablet to control this condition. Debbie was also advised to change his diet to a low sugar and starch diet, and to re-test him after a few weeks on this new regime.
Troy’s second blood test showed that he needed a slightly higher dose of medication in order to fully control his Cushing’s disease. This is why it is so important to have a second blood test after starting medication for Equine Cushing’s disease. Although many horses are well controlled on their starting dose, some need a little more or even a little less than the standard starting dose in order to minimise the risk of Cushing’s symptoms returning. Now that Troy is being treated with the perfect dose Debbie reports that he has lost his winter coat, looks really healthy and shiny, and that the fat pads over his eyes have gone as well.
We’re so pleased that Troy is doing well Debbie – thank you for sharing his story with us!