Living with a progressive illness

Logan is diagnosed with Equine Cushing’s Disease:

By the time Logan was introduced to the herd he was looking healthier than when we first bought him, but suddenly his new found vitality and physical appearance changed for the worse. He was overly sweaty, not just in places that a few of the other more hairy coated ponies were, all over and regardless of weather. The sweat had a funny smell to it. His coat was growing, as were some of the others, but the colours changed so his black parts were now more brown and his whites looked dull. As he moved slowly and was getting himself into a bit of bother with the others that attempted to move his feet and wanted it done quickly. Ulha and Jac were particularly challenging for Logan, and they were removed a few times to give Logan a break and allow him to connect with other allies in the herd.

Around the time of the herds annual tetanus we had had a blood test carried out for both our recent newcomers Epona and Logan for laminitis. We had good news for Epona who was cleared of having raised hormone levels and we were advised to continue what we were doing to bring her weight down further to reduce laminitis risk. Unfortunately we were told that Logan had Equine Cushing’s Disease which is a progressive illness without any cure. Logan needs drug therapy and monthly blood tests to check on dosage and its effect in the short term. With improved treatment as the disease is better understood, many horses are now living longer and better quality lives so it is not by any means an immediate death sentence.

What is Equine Cushing’s Disease and what is the prognosis?

What does the diagnosis mean for our lovable Logan?

This diagnosis explains a lot about all of Logan’s health issues. We do not know too much about his past, but it is possible he has had this disease for at least a couple of years, at some stage he had been on pergolide, but not in the last two years, in which time the disease may have progressed. We can really only work with the present and what we know from our veterinary diagnosis and their advice. Pergolide treatment has commenced immediately and if this treatment does not work well for Logan we have the option to look at the homeopathic route. We are supporting his diet with Chaste berry to help support dopamine levels and we are monitoring his condition.

Practically to reduce any stress which effects his cortisol levels, Logan has been taken out of the main herd and placed with Rio who has been with us a week. Rio still needs a bit of feeding up due to a poor body condition a year ago, so feeding them together is a lot easier. Rio is a very gentle gelding, 18 years old and moves his feet for Logan. Logan can also meet with an old friend Que over the fence line when he comes out during the day. This is the first time we have seen Logan mutually groom anyone!

Paintedhorse, Cushings Disease, PPID, Equine Therapy, Somerset

Already there is an improvement in his behaviour, which matches his young age of 10 which is really heartwarming.

Epona is missing her old buddy Logan as she has remained in the main herd, but she has fellow Dartmoor’s Grace and Hope as friends and we have told her the Dartmoor three can have visitation rights to see Logan and Rio regularly.

Dartmoor Hillies, Paintedhorse, Equine Therapy

Logan’s Appeal 

Pergolide/Prascend treatment is quite expensive at around £60 a month. If any of our readers would like to help us fund some of his ongoing treatment then we would appreciate any support and we thank you in advance.

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