Equine Cushing's disease is an incurable disorder common in older horses. The symptoms come on gradually but can be devastating to a horse's quality of life. It is a progressive disorder that can lead to fatal infections, colic, muscle wasting, and laminitis.
The good news, though, is that nutritional management can slow the disease progression and greatly improve the quality of life for the horse with Cushing's disease. In this volume of her Spotlight on Equine Nutrition Series, Dr. Juliet M. Getty explains the science of the disease mechanism, discusses common veterinary options, and offers valuable advice on appropriate nutritional intervention, a key component in the treatment of equine Cushing's disease. Her answers to questions from owners of horses with Cushing's will be of help to many who struggle to better the lives of their suffering horses.
How to successfully feed for weight loss
Hormonal cascade of normal and diseased states
Supplements to lower circulating insulin levels
Pergolide and herbal choices
Explanation of oxidative stress and how to avoid it
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Unsure of the net hole size for your grazing animals? Please refer to our online Net Guide. If you still are not sure about sizing, please Contact Us directly.
We highly recommend all grazing animals to be introduced to nets with loose hay feedings for the first few days (up 7 days). Remember, this process should be practiced every time you re-introduce nets.
Many customers do not use their hay nets all year round. When re-introducing the NAG Bag nets, we recommend feeding loose hay alongside the net for the first couple of days. When you see your grazing animals leaving the loose hay, you know the net has been properly accepted.
All NAG Bags do not need to be filled to their total capacity. NAG Bags can also be fed loose on the ground with ease with no shod or horned animals.
Remember that starving an animal out with only a flake of hay in the AM and PM will not help them lose weight! It only causes stress, ulcers and may cause other habits with this feeding practice. It’s the hay that may need to be corrected; we recommend hay testing. You will see many changes physically and emotionally when feeding correctly. For more information on this topic, check out our resources.
Disclaimer: We do not recommend using nets with horned animals, horses with blankets or non-breakaway halters. Nets may be used with shod horses but must be used in a feeder, tub or hung high. NAG Bag nets may be used with blankets as long as the buckles are covered.