Angus the pony is just beautiful, you couldn’t tell by looking at him that he’s battling Cushings. Cushing’s disease is a problem with the pituitary gland. This gland is the hormone center where they are made and released into the body. This gland has a great deal of control over body functions. Cushing’s is this center gone haywire – it won’t turn off.
As a result, this pituitary gland can grow and become pre-tumor, or even tumor cells that can put pressure on the brain which obviously will lead to various problems. One is that this gland many times affects the adrenal glands. These adrenal glands are stimulated by the extra hormones and then the horse over produces cortisol. Cortisol, that same cortisol that is so bad for humans does horses no favors either.
One of the standard pictures of a horse with Cushing’s would be hairy and thin. They often have a weak immune system which puts them at risk for a variety of maladies. They are often very low-energy, tend to run hot and therefore drink (then urinate) excessively. They may also have fertility problems.
Michele R. writes about her pony Angus, and his struggle with Cushing’s and what she did to help Angus.
“My senior pony, Angus, who has had a complicated battle with Cushing’s, has been on your product for a month and it has saved his life, I am sure! I have struggled in the past year with Vet bills, diet, ulcer medications, changes in his Cushing’s meds, and a variety of other things. He had completely stopped eating at one point, which was sheer terror for me. I was watching my sweet pony waste away. Since he has been taking Natural Plan Stomach Soother, he has FINALLY started eating his feed straight through without a pause! I am so thrilled with your product! I just can’t thank you enough. Many, many thanks!”
Michele found a way to help one of the major problems Cushing’s causes, making it hard for a horse or pony to keep weight on. The calories need to be good ones, and diet is crucial. Many people find success using pelleted feeds or feeding orchard or timothy hays. Sugar levels need to be watched too. Natural Plan Stomach Soother is low in sugar (4 grams of sugars per dose) and helps maintain weight.