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Re: Somewhat off topic...
Posted by Whizzysgirl on 10/31/2016, 11:43 am, in reply to "Somewhat off topic..."
Currently I manage 6 horses with Cushings and have managed many more that have now passed. One thing they all have in common is that their appetites are affected by the cushings meds. Several older horses in my care years ago were getting so fussy with eating and hard to get the meds in that we quit using them. One lived on 6 more years and never had a problem. Two others did well also but the lack of exercise and muscle wasting ended their lives. Variety is the thing I think helped the most, and most of the horses hate wet food. Its unfortunate cause hay pellets are a great option but they have to be soaked. I have one right now that will not touch any type of supplemental feed, luckily he is able to eat lots of hay and so far maintaining his weight.We are only able to get his meds in by using a soft molasses filled cookie (not my idea) but its only one cookie. Coolstance is a great feed although its pricey. Adding just good old coconut oil to the feed is good but its messy and in winter has to be heated. with the horses I managed I would set up several feeders with 3 types of feed and let them choose their preference. Between hay cubes, low starch senior and as much hay as they can and will eat. Increase the Alfalfa, its a really safe good quality feed for older horses and low in sugars. I use Chia seeds but I have also used the Omega Horse shine. I think the challenge is just getting in enough calories and you have to be creative and the diet varied. Even normal older horses get fussy but with cushings meds, I think it really messes their taste up. Also all horses in my care get Transfer Factor twice yearly and those with cushings do not get vaccinated.
"When the physical becomes impossible, the emotional becomes inevitable".
- Thanks :) - Stranger in Paradise 10/31/2016, 2:12 pm