'Just Jack' Trowse
A few years ago Jack had respiratory problems, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. Our vet was concerned that these recurrent infections could be a sign of Equine Cushing’s disease (PPID) so he was tested when he was 16 years old, but the test was negative. As time went on his symptoms worsened: he had further respiratory infections, was very lethargic to the point of being unable to do anything, and was more footy than normal (which we had put down to the hard ground). He had previously been a very energetic horse, always running around and active. Our vet advised us to repeat the Cushing’s test again, and this time it was positive (even though Jack had a sleek coat and did not seem to us to be the usual type for Cushing’s!). Jack was started on treatment for the Equine Cushing’s disease and his diet was changed to avoid sugars. He went unrugged all winter to lose any excess weight and to be as natural as possible. He regained his interest and energy and was able to move again. He was retired from riding in December 2017 due to arthritis, however he has managed to get back into work on the ground and maintain a good level of fitness. Most of all he is happy and has his spark back!