This is the company I used to get herbs from, I believe they worked to some extent, she always seemed a bit better when taking them. This was about 5yrs ago though so perhaps even better products on the market now.
Thank you so much for your replys , he has only been on the increased dose for a week , so perhaps we are panicking without cause . Will see how he is in a couple of weeks . Would still like to know about the herbal supplements if possible though .
my childhood pony ended up with Cushings for about the last 5yrs of her life, she was about 30yrs old when she had to be PTS so much older than your boy. It was well managed and only really affected her over the last 6months of her life. She was basically treated as you would a pony with laminitis plus had a herb supplement from a place in halstead, essex (i'll try to find out the details - it was a few years ago now). She was in light work up until her last year. One thing I remember very clearly is that winters were awful and she always lost condition - like a lot of old horses; summers were bliss and there were day's you could almost forget about the Cushings. She didn't have any special food, just grass, hay and a bit of chaff with carrots to put the herbs in. Have you considered contacting the nutritionists at the leading food companies to see what they suggest to up his condition? Sorry this is a bit vague - i'll try to post back with some links/more info tomorrow when i'm thinking straighter!
Mitchy , mine was so bad it looked as though he may need putting down , so the blood test and treatment were definately preferable . As i said he was on the tablet for three weeks and the difference in him was amazing . He does have an old leg injury that occasionaly gives him bother , but a bit of box rest and bute usually see's him right within a few days .
Can you find out the name of the hydration stuff for me please ? Only problem is he isnt stabled as such and shares water with one other who has a dicky tummy so might have to rethink where he is on a night . His appetite is good , and other than the stiffness , which isnt laminitic stiffness if you see what i mean , its the fact that he has lost alot of weight/condition . He has sugarbeet and good hay , plus other hard foods .
One of the ladies at our yard has a pony with cushings, when he's having a bad time of it she buys a hydration herbal course that goes daily into his water & brings him back a treat. Its not cheap but it really works.
Also dietry advice from errrm someone (will find out) which is free and tailored to your horse.
she feeds him antilam & topchop lite I think which seems to work.
The treatment as far as I know (don't quote me on this) can supress their immune system.
My horse was diagnosed with this around this time last year , he looked awful , like a rescue case . Within three weeks of starting the meds he was back to his old self and has been fine up until recently . He has lost loads of condition over the winter despite getting plenty of food and hay . He is also quite stiff . He is 20. Has his blood retested and the vet suggested upping his meds , which we have done . I just wonder if any one else has experience of caring for a horse with this condition and if there is anything else you can suggest to keep him well .