My farrier says my horse looks like he has Cushings disease. How can I tell if my farrier is right?

Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction [PPID] or Cushings Disease is usually seen in horses older than 15 years. The classic signs include abnormally long hair that doesn’t shed, loss of topline, frequent infections, and sometimes laminitis or foundering. PPID can be seen in conjunction with a metabolic disease Equine Metabolic Syndrome [EMS]. Characteristic signs of EMS include abnormal fat deposits, and may also include laminitis. Both of these two diseases can lead to severe, life-threatening conditions.

Testing procedures for PPID and EMS are available. Check with our veterinary staff for help determining if your horse should be tested.