I leased a wonderfully bred Holsteiner mare in 1999. The mare was 19 years old at the time, and had previously had at least five foals. We had a little bit of a difficult time getting her in foal, but finally did. Her pregnancy was complicated by placentitis but she had a nice filly in 6/00. As she was supposed to be returned to her owner when the foal was weaned, we did not rebreed her. Her owner later decided to give me the mare, so we ended up losing a season. In 2001, we tried in vain to get her in foal. I asked my vet to work her up for Cushings and he did not feel she had it. In 9/01, we got a new vet in the practice and she was board certified in theriogenology. She took one look at my mare and said, "She has Cushings". We did a dexamethasone challenge and sure enough she did. Her only symptoms were being fat, having a cresty neck and having reduced fertility. She also had frequent bouts of lymphangitis in her hind legs. We started her on 1mg/day of Pergolide in 10/01. Within two months she began looking and acting differently. It was as if she was aging backward! She was now 22 years old and had a new lease on life. She lost weight and developed energy. She stopped having the hind leg flare-ups. We bred her to Camiros and she got in foal on the first cycle. She remained on Pergolide until one month before she foaled. Her pregnancy was problem free this time around. She foaled 5/10/03 and currently looks like a million bucks. We are starting her back on Pergolide at 30 days post foaling, and planning to breed her again on her 45 day heat.
Karen in Maine Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 06:04 pm:
OMG I just posted about this subject above. My first vet said no way!! He was not into breeding anyway and turned me to a reproduction vet that says NO PROBLEM.. So I have gone through with the breeding and this is the 3rd time this season and she is bred!!! Now-I am not to get excited untill her next U/S in 2 weeks. I never in a million years thought that my horse had cushings and I thought it was the end of the world. She had NO signs of it at all. But now that I see you had some hind leg issues. My mare would stock up in the hind legs now and then. I just thought it was due to the work that she was doing. My mare is a 16.3h TB/Hann cross and is 18 years old. I bred her to a shire stallion that is bulky and 18 hands.
Anonymous Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - 02:14 pm:
I have a curious question.... is Cushions 'genetic'?
We had a cushings pony - and I knew a 'lot' of info about it 2 years ago from having him - but never bothered to do any kind of repro info gathering.
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