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Equine Metabolic Syndrome - Can we Discuss?

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  • Equine Metabolic Syndrome - Can we Discuss?

    I am suspicions that the beloved little Prince has something going on.

    -Easy keeper
    -Fat pads mid-crest
    -Grows an impressive winter coat usually a month before other horses and sheds out about a month after


    He is grade and dentist guesses him at about 10 years of age.

    He gets 1/2 lb Purina ration balancer and free choice grass hay.

    Thoughts? Wisdom?

    Hoping to get the vet out this week to do blood work as well as get some sort of investigation started.
    http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Might be best to ask here:

    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings/

    Does he get free grazing all day? What is your grass like?
    "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
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    Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.

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      #3
      Thanks for the link!

      In the winter he is dry lotted....rest of the year out on pasture for 12 h +. I do see a grazing muzzle in his future come spring!
      http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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      • Original Poster

        #4
        Thanks for the link!

        In the winter he is dry lotted....rest of the year out on pasture for 12 h +. I do see a grazing muzzle in his future come spring!
        http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Agreed with the above link! It sounds like your guy is Cushings and potentially IR. Go to the link above and there is information on the best way to do testing and which lab is best to use. In short you will want to test thyroid, ACTH, insulin, glucose, and leptin and send it to Cornell's lab. The blood once pulled has to be spun down ASAP and put on ice and shipped that way. All this info can be found in the above link also. Good luck!

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          • Original Poster

            #6
            It may be my browser or OS or stupidity on my part -but I cannot seem to join the group.

            Can some kind folks please send me all the tests I need? I want to make sure my vet is set up to do them all before the appointment.
            http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              I included the test above but to join the group first create a yahoo account then go and join the group. It has invaluable information, shipping discount to send the bloodwork to Cornell, and a plethora of other information.

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              • Original Poster

                #8
                Got it -thanks. Going through everything now and also forwarding the docs to my vet (assume that is ok!)
                http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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                • #9
                  It is! Unfortunately many vets aren't up to date on Cushings and IR protocol and research so that is why the literature is there. Theses disease are tough and you become your horses's number 1 advocate during it but the information on that page is invaluable!

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