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Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance
************************************************************************************************************************************************** *IF YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY: SCROLL DOWN TO THE JOIN THIS GROUP BUTTON.  YOU WILL BE EMAILED INSTRUCTIONS UPON JOINING. Please check you SPAM box. * ************************************************************************************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Started in 1999, the ECIR Group is the largest field-trial database for PPID and EMS in the world and provides the latest research, diagnosis and treatment information, and dietary recommendations for horses with these conditions. Even universities do not and cannot compile and follow long term as many in-depth case histories of PPID/EMS horses as the ECIR Group. *ECIR HISTORY.* Founding member Robin initiated ECIR for her little mare "Night Flight" (Tina). Diagnosed with Cushing’s in 1994, Tina passed at age 31 from unrelated causes. In 2013 the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity. Tax deductible contributions and grants support ongoing research, education, and awareness of Equine Cushing's Disease/PPID and Insulin Resistance. *THE MISSION* of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse. Per our mission, information you receive from the ECIR Group is evidenced-based, founded in research on equines or other species as physiologically appropriate, and based on real-life experience. *It is very important to use any protocol suggested by ECIR Group in conjunction with veterinary and other professionals in your local area.* * ECIR PHILOSOPHY.* A fundamental strength of the ECIR discussion group is the ability to discuss individual cases, background, science and evidence in depth. Often cutting edge in treating these conditions, everything recommended has a sound scientific and medical basis backed by years of success with many cases. We may discuss treatment options that have been found to work in other species, including humans, but that have not yet been studied in horses. * THE ECIR GROUP DOES NOT SELL ANYTHING.* Members and volunteers work to be clear as to solid scientific or medical evidence versus personal theory, observation, or experience in case-by-case support. This allows the ECIR Group to stand far ahead of other groups. * ONCE YOU ARE A MEMBER OF ECIR* take a few minutes to read the START HERE ( ) files and the Wiki ( ) to get more quickly up to speed. *PLEASE READ THE ECIR GROUP TERMS OF USE ( ) and PRIVACY POLICIES ( )*.  By joining this group, using or other ECIR Groups products, you agree to the terms and conditions of these policies. *IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS.* We know you may be in a difficult situation, so please post directly to the group as a NEW MEMBER and you will be guided from there. In order for your first post to be approved, please make sure you sign with Name, general location and year of joining the forum. For the welfare of all member horses, we ask members to keep all discussions publicly on ECIR as a condition of membership. Solicitation is against group policy. To keep the spam down, all new ECIR Group members are on moderated status until their first message is posted. We ask all members to please sign their name and location and also to add the date they joined the group. *WELCOME!* We’re sorry you have to be here but please know you are in the right place. *****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
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  • ECIR Case History
    *This is the location for uploading case histories and photos of horses with, or are likely to have PPID/EMS * ** Your equine's Case History is the most important step to be completed upon joining the ECIR Group. How you fill out and post your information directly impacts the speed and quality of help you get from the support team. Even if you are a long time member, migrated from Yahoo, before uploading your Case History, please read all the wiki pages marked with a red Asterisk. ( ) The uploading instructions within the new form will show you the new protocols for uploading. Information in our posts and case histories is of tremendous value to all our members and is also used for formal studies. It is extremely important that it be factual. To help protect the data and your privacy only members of the main ECIR Group are granted access to the Case History Group.  If you are concerned about privacy you need only give your first name and general location.  The use of pseudonyms to keep your equine professionals anonymous is encouraged. Don't delay in beginning your Case History with the information you have. Missing information it can be added as you obtain it. The faster your case history is uploaded, the faster you will receive support from the volunteers. A complete and up-to-date case history is invaluable when an equine emergency crops up. Accurate documentation of management changes, the equine's responses, blood work results and links to the equine's photo album not only helps the ECIR Group gain the trust and respect of science-based equine professionals, but can be used by vets who are on the ground trying to help your horse. Your Case History is the best way to effectively monitor and illustrate the results in PPID and EMS management changes. When the time comes that you or your equine no longer need the ECIR Forum's advice, please leave your photos and case history folder intact. Your information will be used in the future to confirm or re-shape ECIR protocols and help other members learn.  This is the best way to give back to the ECIR for the help you and your horse have received. *Photos* go in your equine's photo album that you create in the Case History Photo Section ( ).  Please be considerate of the Support Team. Read How to Make a Photo Album ( ) for the rules and follow the Naming Pattern ( ) for photos so they can quickly locate the photos they need to see. Thank you for your cooperation, ~ The ECIR Group Support Team June, 2019
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  • ECHoof
    *ECHoof is a resource to learn options for recovery from laminitis/founder.* Only one style of hoof care is endorsed: careful, thorough, and ongoing evaluation of each horse's situation. This includes external hoof shape and condition, position and condition of internal structures, and relevant aspects of diet, environment, housing and footing. Discussion can include all available options for any foot, but especially for the laminitic and foundered foot, with review and adjustment as needed. *Keep discussions of specific PPID and IR equines on the main ECIR Group.* Non-PPID and IR equine hoof related discussion takes place here. Go here ( ) to get started uploading your images.
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  • ECHorsekeeping
    *ECIR ​Horsekeeping provides a place for discussion of general horse management and issues.* Topics may be far ranging and can include general feed, barn, pasture management and other equine related matters. ECIR ​Horsekeeping is less structured than the main ECIR group, and members are encouraged to help each other by sharing their experiences and knowledge. * Please keep discussion about PPID and IR, or equines suspected of having these conditions, in the ECIR Forum ( ). * Solicitation and contacting members privately is absolutely against policy. * ​ ​If a member is contacted privately by someone promoting a product the moderators and group owner should be contacted. * Any inappropriate or advertising material will be deleted.
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  • ECIR Group NEW Case History Early Adopters
    This is a private discussion panel for the Early Adopters of the new ECIR Group case history site, housed on This private subgroup will be used to keep Early Adopters informed, answer questions, develop instruction documents, and prepare for full opening of the new site to all members. * Subscription and login access to new site will be open on or before December 1, 2022. * Look for an announcement from this group with instructions on how to set up your membership. * A pinned post at the top of the messages page will provide updated information. * All Case History subscribers must be members of the ECIR Group main discussion forum on * Please allow me this request to keep chat low so that focus can be on opening the new site to all in short order. Spend a few minutes organizing your equine's data, pdfs and jpgs which will help you move more quickly through the task. Thank you all very, very much for participating. You are truly appreciated. Nancy C in NH 2003 ECIR Group MOD
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