Your horse's Case History is the most important step to be completed upon joining the ECIR List. A well filled out and up-to-date Case History is critical for obtaining timely and relevant advice from the volunteers. 

Provide as much information as possible but please follow the directions in the headers. There are sections to enter data on physical symptoms, diet, exercise, blood tests, owner observations, past veterinary care or anything that you feel may be relevant to your horse's condition. If it is your first time filling out a case history please follow the directions in the Guidelines for Filling out Case Histories. You can also consult the Example Form to understand how the information should be presented so that it flows and does not become a puzzle for volunteers to decipher. 

Please use standard units of measurement. To ensure the usefulness of your blood work results, be sure to include the type of units used by the lab and the lab's normal ranges. This will not only help the volunteers to help your horse, but will provide scientific data to help the ECIR group gain the trust of science-based equine professionals and shape future protocols.

Don't delay posting your case history if you are missing some pieces, it can be updated when you have the information you are still gathering. However, the faster your case history is up and completed, the faster you will receive support from the Volunteers or Dr. Kellon.

Link to additional information about your horse. Links within your case history that take volunteers to photos, videos, x-rays, specific messages in the ECIR groups or other sources of information can help support staff better understand your horse's situation. This means you and your horse will benefit from answers faster. 

Include your case history link when posting questions in the group so volunteers can find your information quickly and easily and your question can be answered more quickly.

Please leave all of your information posted when the time comes that you or your horse no longer needs the ECIR List's advice.  There is no better way to “give back” to the group for the help you and your horse have received.  Your horse's information will be used in the future to confirm or help form ECIR protocols and following your story will help other members find answers for their horses.  An often overlooked but very important way to thank you the ECIR Group, is to add your information to the databases and polls.  These are vital to gathering important data to help Dr. Kellon form protocols. 


Forms, an example and instructions for posting Case Histories can be found here.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Owners, Moderators & Primary Response Teams of the Equine Cushings Lists