Re: Help with mare with Cushings and pain from arthritis

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Donna,

Sorry to hear your girl is having trouble. Do you have a case history up for her? If not, would you please fill one out on ECHistory8. Here is the link to the site and I'll send you an invite to make joining easy:

How was the arthritis diagnosed? How long has it been an issue? When was the last time she had her ACTH tested? How old is she? What form is your pergolide in (powder, capsule, liquid, Prascend)? Many times subclinical laminitis from uncontrolled PPID can masquerade as arthritis. Trim issues can also make a horse look like it is arthritic when in reality the hoof imbalances are causing body-wide compensatory soreness. Posting pics of her feet in the Photos section of ECHistory8 would help us to help you assess whether this is a factor or not.

If this is indeed arthritis plain Devil's Claw can help. PhytoQuench from Uckele is also an option although some horses balk at the smell. Mov-Ease from


  is another safe option. Chondroitin  + HA may also work.

NSAIDs like bute and firocoxib, which require a script from your vet, are bigger guns that may be something to consider but you need to balance the risks of long-term use with the benefits.

Hang in there, we'll help you sort this out.

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Lavinia, Dante, George Too and Peanut
Jan 05, RI
EC Support Team

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