As I posted over on the health board, my pony was just diagnosed with the early stages of Cushing's.
He also came up super duper lame this week.
Vet is coming out again tomorrow to check out the lameness issue, but I'm anticipating a break from riding (hopefully not permanent!) depending on her findings.
Pony is also very smart, and VERY food-motivated, so I thought that clicker training some tricks would be a fun activity for us while he heals. But, since we've also got to cut out extra sugar in his diet, his usual favorites of peppermints, sour gummy worms, sugar cubes, horse cookies, etc. are probably noooot the best choices! He also dearly, dearly loves his "snacks" so I'm looking for suggestions for cushing's-pony-friendly treats. Any ideas? Thanks!
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My horse liked the hilton herballs for a while and then wouldn't touch them, but Standlee hay now makes hay based treats that have very little else in them. I found them at our local feed store.
I also use low sugar cereals. May not be ideal, but mini wheats without frosting and some of the kashi cereals seem to be good in moderation (I would be cautious about feeding the whole box but certainly a small handfull isn't an issue).
I have contemplated making my own with rinsed beet pulp, pumpkin, cinnamon, maybe some of his hay pellets, soaked and excess water squeezed out (because I am too lazy to chop hay)....my horse loves cinnamon but he won't touch the withers and whickers treats but used to love gingerbread and such so I was thinking something along those lines but without sugar...have to think on it a bit and experiment though.