Quick Answer: Can A Horse With Cushings Have Alfalfa?

Should I clip my Cushings horse?

Horses can be clipped for several different reasons, but most commonly it is related to health and comfort reasons.

Clipping a horse suffering from Cushing’s disease, even with a partial clip, allows a horse to regulate their body temperature more effectively in the summer and winter months..

What is the life expectancy of a horse with Cushings?

It is also important that these patients receive regular professional dental and hoof care and that infections are treated aggressively. Clipping of the hair coat should be performed if the horse is sweating excessively. What happens if left untreated? Life expectancy can be reduced, with an average of 5-7 years.

Can a horse have too much alfalfa?

In fact, some horses are so sensitive to alfalfa they cannot tolerate even small amounts. Too much alfalfa requires a lot of calcium to buffer the acidic metabolites from protein metabolism. If there is not enough calcium available, the body will remove calcium from the bones, joints, and muscles.

What do you feed a horse with Cushing’s disease?

Horses and ponies diagnosed with PPID/Cushing’s Disease should be fed a low sugar and starch diet. As alfalfa is naturally low in both sugar and starch, there are a number of feeds in our range that are suitable.

Why is alfalfa bad for horses?

It can be detrimental, however, to horses with impaired kidneys or liver. These individuals have problems processing and excreting protein and should be kept on a very low-protein diet. Duren also doesn’t recommend feeding straight alfalfa to endurance horses due to its protein and calcium content.

What happens if you don’t treat Cushing’s in horses?

Left undiagnosed or untreated, Cushing’s disease can wreak havoc quickly on a horse. In the advanced stages of the disease, severe neurological problems can occur if the pituitary gland becomes big enough and causes compression in the brain.

Do horses with Cushings suffer?

In a horse suffering from Cushing’s disease, there either is not enough dopamine present or the body is not adequately recognizing it. This has an effect on the adrenal glands and the kidneys, and the horse becomes prone to having infections. In severe cases, Cushing’s disease can cause neurologic disease.

Why do horses get Cushing’s disease?

Equine Cushing’s disease occurs when a tumor called a pituitary adenoma develops in the pituitary gland. As this tumor slowly grows, it sends inappropriate signals to the rest of the body to secrete excessive hormones — primarily a stress hormone called cortisol.

Will alfalfa make my horse hot?

Alfalfa hay will make a horse hot, or crazy. Not so, if fed appropriately. Alfalfa provides a significant amount of calories; however, an excess of calories in any form, whether from alfalfa, grain or oil, without the exercise to burn them, can result in an excessively energetic horse.

What does a horse with Cushings look like?

Clinical signs include increased coat length and delayed shedding of the winter coat, laminitis, lethargy, increased sweating, weight loss and excessive drinking and urinating. The disease primarily affects those over the age of 10, with 19 being the average age at diagnosis.

Do horses with Cushings lose weight?

Horses with Cushing’s Disease can exhibit a variety of symptoms, with an excessively long and curly hair coat that fails to shed in the summer being the most recognisable one. Other symptoms include: Weight loss due to loss of active back muscle, seen as a swayback and potbelly. Excessive body fat.

How much alfalfa should I feed my horse?

How much alfalfa hay do you feed a 1,200 pound horse and how often? Horses can normally eat 1.5-2% of their body weight in hay, which equates to 18-24 lbs. of hay per day.

What is the best hay to feed a horse with Cushing’s?

Triple Crown Senior is a beet pulp-based, textured feed recommended for Cushing’s horses that have a hard time maintaining weight and need a little extra fat, without the extra carbohydrates. It has a high nutrient and fat content, is soft, and easily digestible, and has a low NSC level of 11.7%.

What should a horse with Cushings not eat?

The goal in feeding a horse with Cushing’s, is to limit the intake of nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) feeds, such as the sugars and starches found in grains. In many cases, feeds that are labeled as “senior” feeds are also high in NSC content and should be avoided when feeding a horse with Cushing’s disease.

Can horses with Cushings eat carrots?

Apples and carrots are a healthy, safe treat — unless your horse has Cushing’s Disease, insulin issues or is overweight.