Unlocking Relief: A Guide to Cushing’s Disease in Your Horse

Shannon Wilkens

Chemist specializing in Cannabis

Are you concerned that your beloved horse might be showing signs of Cushing’s Disease? When your horse is acting differently or feeling unwell, it can be scary and frustrating to try and figure out what’s going on. This guide can help you learn more about Cushing’s disease, and what current treatment approaches can unlock your relief for your horse’s health and overall well-being.

Cushing’s Disease, also known as PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction), can be tricky to diagnose due to its gradual onset and varied symptoms. But here’s a quick look at the most common things you might start noticing.

What are the First Signs of Cushing’s Disease in Horses?

  • Changes in coat, such as excessive hair growth or failure to shed
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Muscle wasting, particularly along the topline
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Abnormal fat distribution, often seen as a potbelly
  • Lethargy and a general decrease in performance

If your horse exhibits any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Understanding Cushing’s Disease in Horses

Cushing’s Disease is an endocrine disorder, which creates large amounts of the adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH). It’s caused by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, which is responsible for hormone production. When hormones are imbalanced it can wreak havoc by increasing cortisol levels (the stress hormone), increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and creating severe issues for both horse and rider.

Although key risk factors include:

Age: It’s more common in horses over the age of 10.
Genetics: Some breeds like Ponies and Morgan Horses may be predisposed.
Stress and other concurrent illnesses can exacerbate this condition.

How Do You Treat Cushing’s in horses?

The most common treatment is Pergolide, an oral medication given once a day. However, emerging research shows that supplements like CBD can give amazing benefits.

Here’s how CBD can help horses with Cushing’s disease:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may reduce discomfort associated with Cushing’s.
  • CBD’s calming effects can help manage stress, a significant factor in Cushing’s Disease.
  • A great benefit many of our customers have noticed is huge improvements in coat health and general well-being.
  • At Brave Horse CBD we have sugar-free products specially formulated for medical conditions like Cushing’s, ensuring an effective and targeted supplement to your horse’s care routine.

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CBD is a natural, non-invasive approach to supplement your horse’s Cushing’s Disease management. Our CBD is organic, THC-free, and third-party tested with the highest standards in the USA, ensuring safety and efficacy. Our handcrafted range of products, including sugar-free ones are made by horse lovers just like you

Combining conventional treatments with CBD can offer a more holistic approach to managing Cushing’s Disease in horses leading to a better quality of life and a happier horse.


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About the author


Shannon holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola University Chicago and began her journey in cannabis chemistry in 2018. Passionate about cannabis science, she developed protocols for in-house testing, established cannabis testing and research labs across the USA, and trained future chemists.

At Brave Horse, Shannon serves as a chemist, ensuring product quality and championing the benefits of cannabis through chemistry education. Outside of work, she cherishes moments with her family and her playful boxer, Chance.

If you have any burning questions, she loves to answer anything chemistry-related!


Shannon Wilkens

Chemist specializing in Cannabis

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