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Equine Cushing’s Disease

Read our guides on recognising & managing Cushing's & Laminitis

Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID)

An owner’s guide to recognising and managing Cushing’s


Equine Cushing’s disease, also known as PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction), is a common1 hormonal disease affecting 1 in 5 horses over the age of 152 although signs can appear anytime after a horse or pony reaches 10 years old.


Early recognition and diagnosis allows owners to implement management and treatment strategies which should keep affected horses happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Learn how to identify and manage the condition


An owner’s guide to recognising and managing laminitis


Laminitis is a common and extremely painful condition involving the feet of horses and ponies. It’s one of the most serious and debilitating conditions affecting the equine population of the UK, but early signs can be hard to spot and even moderate signs can be mistaken for other conditions.


Early recognition of the symptoms, regularly addressing common risk factors and prompt attention from your veterinary surgeon are key to minimising the impact of laminitis on your horse.

Learn more about Laminitis
1. Equine Health Survey 2018
2. McGowan et al 2013. Prevalence, risk factors and clinical signs predictive for equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction in aged horses. Equine Vet J 45(1), 74-79

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