My Mustang Is Still Hurting

I thought my mustang, Lily was doing better after her last visit to the vet about her feet.  But as this last month has been pretty nasty weather, she has been struggling to walk again. It is painful to watch. I had been giving her some bute to help with the pain, but in the last couple days she has decided that there is something in the grain that she doesn’t like. My farrier suggested that I have my vet check her for Cushings Disease. I have been doing some checking on Cushings. It can affect humans, dogs and horses. In horses it is different symptoms than in humans and dogs. Here is a link to  cushings-disease.com. This link not only has an article on horses, but an interesting and informative article about dogs.

Here is another interesting article about Cushing’s disease. horsechannel.com.  When you get to the site, you will have to put Cushing’s Disease in their search bar. I am a little worried about Lily having Cushings. There is no cure and it is a lifetime treatment. I have read that it can be expensive. My vet also told me it can be, but he is hoping that there is some generic drugs now that might not be as expensive. My worry is that I will not be able to afford the treatment. I am a big pessimist and a bit of a worry wart. It seems to be an inherited trait in my family. 🙂 But I figure if I am worried more about what could go wrong, then when it turns out to be better than expected, I am happier and more pleased with the results.

My options if I cannot afford to treat Lily is, 1-try and find a legitimate horse rescue that may be able to take her in and take care of her. Or 2-euthanise her. That thought makes me cry every time I think about it. I WILL NOT send her to sale. If I do she will go to a kill buyer. Part of this thinking is, my farrier thinks I should have Diamond checked for Cushing’s too. I definitely cannot afford to treat two horses. Then I would have to chose Diamond over Lily. I have raised her from a foal. She is out of my mare Two Socks. She was born here and has been here all her life. She is my riding mare. She does have founder problems too, but she is doing better than poor Lily. I have a very big interest in learning to drive a horse cart, and Lily is the one I wanted to see if she would be a good candidate for breaking to harness and learning to drive. And our granddaughter asked me if Lily could be her horse. She would be devastated if I had to put her down.

I took Lily to the vet on Wednesday morning and had to leave her. The test is a two day test. I was kind of worried about her because she has never been stalled before, and she had to be inside a building in a stall. It was a very nice and big stall with lots of mats. The test supplies were supposed to be in that morning, but didn’t show up. The staff reordered and it was supposed to be there this morning, but again it was not on the FedEx truck. They called me and said Lily is doing well. Not moving around much because her front feet are hurting her. Especially the frog on the right front foot. They also said that the test supplies should hopefully be there by noon today. I may run up and check on her tomorrow. I need to get some supplies from Walmart anyway.

We need to go on a diet! Oct 19, 2011                         Lily and Jenny. They were adopted together from the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and were wild when I got them in 2006.

November 2, 2014 (3)

This is Lily back on about September or October 2014. If you click on the picture, you might be able to see the freeze brand on her neck that the BLM always puts on the wild horses and burros. Each symbol means something about where they were captured and I think age. Sorry the hair is too grown over.

Here is a couple more links to Cushing’s in horses:

myequineclinic.com

southernstates.com

And one for Dogs: again you will have to put in Cushing’s disease.

vetinfo.com

Stay Safe and God Bless!

13 thoughts on “My Mustang Is Still Hurting

  1. My farrier said the same thing about mustangs being prone to laminitis and founder. I guess I fell into the same trap many mustang owners might. If they survive in the wild, then they will be tough in captivity. My bad. Live and learn. If I ever get another mustang, I will know better. 🙂

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  2. Sounds like she is prone to laminits alright. Bummer. I find this true of mustangs who are used to surviving on a lighter diet. Mine would get fat on nothing too. Your idea to pad her front feet may be the answer you seek, get her frog off the ground and get her coffin bone supported and in a good position. Definitely worth a try. 😉

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  3. I forgot to tell you it was on the horse page. But you can just google it. Lily did come home yesterday and celebrated too hard I think. She was walking sorely again today and wouldn’t take her Bute. I got a video of the homecoming, but I am not sure I can get it on a blog post. I am going to try. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

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  4. Cheryl, I’ll check out Photonic Therapy — no, I didn’t see it, at least I don’t remember having seen it. Glad to hear that you get to pick up Lily. It’s funny, but sometimes after our pets have gone to the vet’s office, they seem to come home much improved, and I think one reason is that they’re just so darn glad to get home! 🙂 Well, that’s certainly understandable. Best wishes to you and Lily!

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  5. I thought of you when I was checking out the sites. I wondered about Millie. I had heard of Cushing’s in horses before but hadn’t really checked it out much since I didn’t think mine were close to having it. Did you happen to see the page about Photonic Therapy? I thought about it for Lily and Diamond, but I will have to do much more research and ask my vet about it. Thank you for thinking of Lily. I hope to bring her home today.
    I know what you mean about being warmer. I am not ready for summer yet, but it is in the 60s for most of this week. Perfect for me. It is nice not to have to put on four layers of clothes and waddle out to do chores. Have a nice trip and I hope your vet will find something about Millie. 🙂

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  6. Cheryl, I checked out the Cushings symptoms and Millie does have quite a few of them. We have to board her for an overnight this coming week and I’m going to ask the vet about it and maybe have some tests run. Than you very much for the information! And I do hope Lily is doing much better today. Maybe once the temps start to climb her joints will feel much better (I know mine will). Best wishes to you — and thinking of Lily.

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  7. Thank you Debra. I am feeling a little better about things. I was a bit moody and down when I wrote the post.
    About Millie, on the link cushings-disease.com there is a page about something called Photonic Therapy. I don’t know much about it other than what I read. You might want to check it out. I don’t know if it is legitimate or not. It sounds like a good idea if it works. 🙂

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  8. Cheryl, I can definitely sympathize with you and Lily because our dog, Millie, is having lots of issues walking (hers is her hips, though). Although I do want to look up Cushings — I’ve heard of it but don’t really know anything about it (I’ll use your link; thanks!). I’m sending best wishes and healing vibes your way for Lily — I really do hope she has a turnaround soon!

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  9. Thank you for your thoughts. Lily is about 10 years old. She was a yearling when I adopted her in 2006. She has had some trouble with her feet when the grass is growing in the spring and fall. We have mostly Brome, but there is some other grasses mixed in our pasture. She got into a protein tub we had out for the cows and I think that was what hurt her this time. I read that Cushing’s is mostly in older horses, but has been found to affect horses as young as 7 or 8. She gets pretty heavy and does had a very cresty neck. You can’t tell it in that photo. Her mane covers it up quite a bit. She is still at the vets, but I think she may come home tomorrow. I hope. Boarding may be the biggest part of this first bill! 🙂

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  10. Thank you, I need all the thoughts and prayers on this matter I can get. I will try and take care of her as long as I can. I am hoping that I have caught it in time if it is Cushing’s. I read that if you catch it sooner than later it may not be so bad to treat. I wish I could take in more mustangs and just let them run free, but I don’t have the funds or the land to do that. She really is a good mare. 🙂 And I will keep you posted. I think she may come home tomorrow. I am just guessing.

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  11. I am so sorry to hear about your Lilly. I have seen a few horses with Cushings but they have all been senior horses. I would not have connected it with a young horse. The ones I’ve seen have shown odd changes to their coats and poor body condition. Your horse looks in very good health, good top line and filled out. Is she already having episodes of laminitis? I feel your pain, horses are expensive and vet treatments doubly so. I sure hope you get answers soon and a reasonable treatment plan. Positive thoughts coming your way :).

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  12. I hope this is not Cushings. And although I don’t have horses, I can only imagine the scare and fear this brings you. Having a Lab and three cats, I know the love we have for our animals and the lengths we will go to in order to provide for their needs. There does come a time where we have to face the tough realities. Just know I am wishing you the very best as you travel this journey. Do keep us updated. BTW, thank you for taking in your Mustang. I don’t think folks are aware of the great number of wild horses our great Nation has. Many have suffered through the severe droughts of Colorado, my home state.
    Blessings to your Mustang.

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