What grain should I feed my horse with Cushings?
While cool-season grasses, such as orchard grass or timothy, are typically higher in NSC. Alfalfa averages 10-15% NSC, and oat hay is very high, averaging 22%. Alfalfa can be a good option for a horse with Cushings if they are a hard time holding their weight because it is more calorie-dense than grass hay.
What should a horse with Cushings not eat?
Feeding Horses with Cushing’s Disease
These horses are often insulin resistant and have high blood sugar levels so non-structured carbohydrates (NSC) need to be avoided. Feeds low in soluble carbohydrates (sugar and starch or NSC) are recommended.
How do you put weight on a horse with Cushing’s disease?
Because a high-fat diet may worsen glucose tolerance and moderate carbohydrate intake improves insulin response, it is advisable to use a combination of fats and carbohydrates along with additional forage to promote weight gain in thin horses with PPID.
Can horses with Cushings eat carrots?
Unfortunately most commercially made horse treats, as well as apples and carrots, can be high in sugar. This presents a problem with horses that have Cushing’s disease, or Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome, as those horses’ sugar and starch intake must be limited.
Should I clip my Cushings horse?
Horses with Cushing’s disease often struggle to shed their winter coats, so their coats are thicker all year round, which can become uncomfortable for them. Because of this, you should clip them regularly.
Do horses with Cushings lose weight?
Horses with Cushing’s Disease can exhibit a variety of symptoms, with an excessively long and curly hair coat that fails to shed in the summer being the most recognisable one. Other symptoms include: Weight loss due to loss of active back muscle, seen as a swayback and potbelly. Excessive body fat.
Do horses with Cushings suffer?
Horses and ponies and with PPID should have a biannual checkup by a veterinarian. Geriatric horses, as well as horses with PPID, are more likely to suffer from changes in body condition, dental disease, lameness, chronic pain, parasites, and recurrent infections.
What is the life expectancy of a horse with Cushings?
Vets encourage owners of Cushing’s horses to decrease the amount of carbohydrates they feed (e.g., grains or other concentrates), maintain the horse at a healthy body condition score, and ensure his diet is properly balanced. Well-managed horses should live about five to seven years or more past diagnosis.
When is the best time to test a horse for Cushing’s?
If a horse is showing symptoms of Cushing’s Disease and has a normal ACTH level, then we recommend either re-testing ACTH levels during Mid-August to Mid-February, or a TRH stimulation test.