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  1. He's doing fine, thanks :) He wore hoof boots...

    He's doing fine, thanks :) He wore hoof boots that winter to keep him comfortable in his paddock. The following fall we re-tested for Cushing's and the ACTH levels came back high, so we started him...
  2. It also never hurts to repeat the Cushing's test....

    It also never hurts to repeat the Cushing's test. My gelding tested normal the first time he was tested and didn't test high until the following fall. I've read that ACTH might be (or is, I can't...
  3. My gelding wasn't diagnosed right away either. ...

    My gelding wasn't diagnosed right away either. He didn't react to hoof testers initially, no abnormal heat, digital pulses, etc. He was just obviously sore when walking, and I initially attributed...
  4. If it's Cushing's the pergolide should help get...

    If it's Cushing's the pergolide should help get the lamintis under control. Has your vet recommended any diet changes in the meantime? My gelding had kind of a lengthy bout of very low-grade...
  5. Alfalfa would help. I'm using TC Senior to put a...

    Alfalfa would help. I'm using TC Senior to put a little weight on my gelding with Cushing's and he gained weight in about 3 weeks feeding less than the recommended amount (he also gets an RB and...
  6. In my case I started lower because 5-6 lbs seemed...

    In my case I started lower because 5-6 lbs seemed excessive for the weight gain I needed, plus it can only be fed at one meal (that I go out and feed) since I have to take him out and away from my...
  7. I wouldn't use TC Senior if she's already chubby....

    I wouldn't use TC Senior if she's already chubby. I started feeding it to my gelding with Cushing's about 3 weeks ago because I wanted a tiny bit more weight on him. He's been getting about 3 lbs...
  8. I'd check with your vet of course, but this...

    I'd check with your vet of course, but this claims to be a fast acting stool softener, which is probably more appropriate than a laxative.

    https://www.techmixglobal.com/equine-enteric-colloid
  9. What's your vet say? It seems like there must be...

    What's your vet say? It seems like there must be some kind of approved laxative for horses, although I suppose then you might risk dehydration.
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    I have mats in and around the run-in where I...

    I have mats in and around the run-in where I board. They don't get slippery when they are wet, although I suppose they might get slippery if it were cold enough to freeze. I'm in central California...
  11. The Farnham Supermasks come in Extra Large and...

    The Farnham Supermasks come in Extra Large and have a fleece lining. My mare will get rub marks if I attach it too snugly, so I have to leave it a little looser than I would prefer. I also have 3...
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    My vet did all of the above for a minor colic,...

    My vet did all of the above for a minor colic, and gave an injection of some kind of anti-spasmodic drug (I think) as well. The cost was still less than the vet visit the VERY NEXT DAY when my mare...
  13. I used the EasyCare Trail boots for laminitis...

    I used the EasyCare Trail boots for laminitis before they introduced new boots more suitable for long-term wear. At the time they told me the Trail would work better for 24/7 turnout than the Rx. ...
  14. I'd test for Cushing's. Lots of horses with...

    I'd test for Cushing's. Lots of horses with Cushing's don't necessarily look like a Cushing's horse. The symptoms vary. My gelding's first symptoms were a loss of top line and becoming a slightly...
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    I did some Googling. There's something called...

    I did some Googling. There's something called coronary band dystrophy, which appears (from my very brief skimming) to be kind of a catch all phrase for disorders of the coronary band. You could do...
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    My mare taught my gelding to do it. Or once I...

    My mare taught my gelding to do it. Or once I moved them in together they decided to eat each other's poop. It's gross, but I'm certain it's boredom. I'm in California and they are in a 1/4 acre...
  17. I use the 50 lb Vittle Vaults. I've never had a...

    I use the 50 lb Vittle Vaults. I've never had a problem with the storage, but I have bought bad bags of feed before and always return them to the feed store. I think buying at a feed store with a...
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    Show Sheen will also make the eggs easier to...

    Show Sheen will also make the eggs easier to remove and might be less messy than baby oil.
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    I ride Western and had the same problem until I...

    I ride Western and had the same problem until I lengthened my stirrups.
  20. I'm glad it helped! Lots of vets still think the...

    I'm glad it helped! Lots of vets still think the test shouldn't be done in the fall. I always have my gelding re-tested in September, which is when he developed laminitis. I want to make sure his...
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    I'd start with a PowerPack. And try to address...

    I'd start with a PowerPack. And try to address the rain rot which is likely separate from the poor coat in general/guard hairs.

    It could also be a nutritional imbalance and I would look at adding...
  22. Are you using a compounded pergolide or Prascend?...

    Are you using a compounded pergolide or Prascend? If you're not using Prascend it might be worth trying it for a month or so to see if it makes a difference.
  23. You may have mentioned this and I missed it, but...

    You may have mentioned this and I missed it, but when were his ACTH levels checked last? If he's been sore since March maybe he needs an increase in his pergolide dosage?
  24. My gelding has the same problem. I'm trying an...

    My gelding has the same problem. I'm trying an amino acid supplement on him but have a hard time getting him enough exercise to know if it's helping. He lives out in a 1/4 acre dry lot (California)...
  25. Actually, fall is the best time to test. You...

    Actually, fall is the best time to test. You need to ensure that the dosage is controlling the ACTH levels during the seasonal rise, especially if there is a history of fall laminitis. There are...
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