Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Clipping a horse with cushing's
Most of us refer to this disease as cushings although the correct term is PPID ( Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction)
Here is a bit of info to understand a bit more about a horse with cushings
️Cushing’s can affect any horse or pony of any breed and any gender ️ It tends to more commonly be seen in ponies and those over 15 years of age ️ Prominent signs of Cushing’s are a long, curly coat that does not shed and remains all year round. ️Weight loss and lethargy despite normal or increased appetite ️Loss of muscle tone particularly over the back and rump ️Fat deposits on the crest, above the tail and behind the eyes Sweating ️ Increased drinking and urination ️ Unusual bouts of laminitis ️ Recurrent infections due to suppression of the immune system.
Clipping really does help in this situation as one of the big problems a horse with cushings will face is being unable to regulate their temperature, so they will sweat a lot.
So combine a nice curly, super thick coat which is sweaty and you have a clippers worst nightmare !!!
The pictures show Gem Last year, the summer of this year and today They show the massive difference to her coat.
To successfully clip a horse with cushings they need to be firstly nice and clean ! Clippers that can handle the thickness of coat I use lister heavy duty clippers with a course blade which will leave 2.5mm of coat If needed I then go over the clip with finer blades.