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I used to lease a big hanoverian gelding, and a few people mentioned to me that he might have cushings. He is no longer at the barn, but I still wonder about it. He was extremely hard to keep weight on, was very lethargic and lazy, he was narcoleptic, and he always had pretty long 4. He was only about 13 years old I think, and he was around 16.2-16.3hh. Any ideas?
Sounds more like a thyroid condition to me rather than Cushings. I have had 2 horses with this condition and they are usually overweight, very easy keepers, tend to be cresty etc. Some blood work would have answered this question but since he is no longer at the barn it is difficult to know for sure! Very sad that someone didn’t address the problem.
Could? Yes, of course he could have.
Is it probably? Eh, no, not really.
He could’ve had something neurologic going on, a vitamin deficiency, heart issue, maybe thyroid. Or, it could’ve just been the way the horse was.
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It doesn’t sound like Cushings. Cushings usually comes on quite a bit later, i.e. in early to mid 20s and has symptoms such as failure to shed winter coat, repeated abcesses and infections as well as lethargy. My older boy was recently diagnosed though he showed symptoms for about 2 yrs before the test came back positive for Cushings. Cushings is also common to have in addition to Insulin Resistance. I agree this horse sounds more like he has a thryroid issue instead. For Cushings though, thank God there is now Prascend, which is easy to administer and is consistent in the amount of pergolide as compared to compounded pergolide. My guy is doing great right now, so by no means is Cushings a death sentance, just something that needs to be managed in our older equine friends.
Could be a possibility, yes. You probably couldn’t confirm though without more detailed info or the vet being out and taking a blood sample.
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