Equine Cushing's Disease affects the endocrine system.It is believed to be a tumor in the pituitary gland.
Equine Metabolic Disorders are disturbances in the hind gut.
Equine Insulin Resistance is the bodies inability to process sugars and starches. It is similar to diabetes. All three conditions have very similar symptoms making it difficult to diagnose without proper testing. However the treatment for all three disorders is also similar. Treating the horse's whole systemic system has proven to be beneficial to managing these equine diseases.
Symptoms of Equine Cushing's Disease/Insulin Resistance: ~Very long hair coat in the winter which may be wavy/curly and is slow to shed in the spring ~Loss of muscle particularly along the top line and back giving a swayback and pot belly appearance ~compromised immune system- prone to infections ~excessive thirst accompanied by frequent urination ~fat deposits especially on the crest, around shoulder, dock, behind the elbow, and above the eye ~weight loss ~lethargic ~laminitis