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Posted by Gail Ivey on 8/23/2015, 7:29 pm, in reply to "Cushings"
Treatment always starts out at the minimum needed, but eventually you have to give them more and more pergolide. How fast the disease progresses is individual to each horse. My horse was diagnosed at 16 and is now 22 and is on 2 mg of pergolide daily. He is not rideable due to the changes in his topline that never fully came back, combined with a change in his gait that causes balance issues for him. Not every horse reacts this way, some go downhill much faster. I know some horses that seem to be doing fine then take a sudden and hard downturn and are gone within a week or two. You're always trying to stay ahead of the disease and ahead of the problems associated with it, such as laminitis. The disease is definitely manageable, but I would never willingly choose to buy a Cushing's horse as a riding animal.
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