Cushings disease is something more and more horses owners are dealing with in part because we are keeping our horses into their old age. Cindy Martin provides a comprehensive starting point for understanding this disease - what are the early symptoms, how do you test for it, manage it, what is the difference between cushings disease and insulin resistance, what on-line resources can help you?
Cindy is always so very generous in sharing information. She sent these links for resources related both to this podcast and to the previous podcast on foot care:
Excellent information about PPID (Cushings) https://www.ecirhorse.org/cushings-disease-ppid.php There are sub-categories to this topic. They help explain the subtle symptoms, the distinction from IR (Insulin Resistance) and why PPID can cause a horse to become IR, as a side effect.
https://mackinawdells2.com/hoof-wear-patterns.html a moving horse is videoed as baseline. Then changes are introduced - trim, application of boots, wearing tack, wearing tack with added weight on one side. Videos are played back in slow motion and side-by-side to see how the movement and footfalls change.
I could not get the link to more recent photos of her front feet to work. She will ALWAYS need some kind of hoof protection, I suspect. Boots, glue on shoes, something. She never built the inner structures she needed, because of her lifestyle. Started for the track, put in shoes, box stall life. Then second career, always shod, much time in stall. Toe first landings for more than a decade. She probably has significant bone loss in her coffin bone. That impacts her ability to grow good sole and internal structures. I don't have the courage to xray her feet.