PPID horses - keeping ACTH below 20 year round
I'm educating myself on managing a PPID horse as my gelding, Rico, has recently been diagnosed as an early PPID case - he's an 11yo Rocky Mountain/Paso Fino cross.
I've read on a few moderator responses that the ECIR group aims to keep PPID horse's ACTH at or below 20 year round.
Why is that? If healthy horses have a rise and fall of the ACTH with the seasons, why do we aim to level it out for PPID horses?
Just wanting to learn the reasons, I'm not questioning the advice itself.
Rico is on 1/2 tab Prascend for one week now. Have the vet scheduled to do bloodwork in the end of November.
Jenny Heishman and Rico
Bainbridge Island, WA June 2018
I asked the same questions myself. The answers include the following:
This is a good time to review the physiology of PPID on ECIRHorse.org. I do it over and over. https://www.ecirhorse.org/physiology-ppid.php