Cushings Disease

Equine Cushings Disease (also called Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction) is one of the most common hormonal diseases that affects older horses and ponies. It causes excessive cortisol to be released into the horse’s bloodstream. Clinical signs are variable but can include one or all of the following:

  • ​Laminitis
  • Long and/or curly hair coat
  • Fat deposits above the eye and throughout the body
  • ​Pot bellied appearance
  • Increased appetite, drinking and urination
  • ​Weight loss
  • ​Lethargy and poor performance
  • ​Recurring infections – especially dermatitis or infected wounds

If you are worried that your horse may be affected by Cushings Disease give us a call at the clinic and we can discuss the blood tests that are required for diagnosis. More information on PPID and laminitis can be found at