Hello everyone! I have a 6 yr old Quarter Horse mare who has a strange medical condition. It started two years ago and has continued since. I can’t figure out if it’s a wasting disease (like Cushing’s) or if she’s got a different problem. Help!
Basically, she loses weight at a dramatic pace starting in early October and continues to lose it until around Springtime, about mid April. Our other horses do perfectly fine during the winter, but she always looks awful. Her ribs show, her hips pop out, and her neck resembles that of a giraffe. I’ve tried weight boosters, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, all kinds of oils, top quality grains, ect! I just cannot get her to gain a pound. Meanwhile, the other horses get fat and plump from the diet she is on, but she still somehow looks like a skeleton. She has access to unlimited grass/alfalfa hay and gets measured grain twice daily. I don’t understand her problem!
She is on a regular worming schedule, and I’ve even switched brands a few times, thinking maybe that was part of her problem. Our vet doesn’t know what is wrong with her. Oh, and after the grass starts growing again, she gains some weight and is fairly normal, although she doesn’t gain her full bodyweight back. She is still a bit thin through the summer, but her ribs don’t show and she looks healthy.
I’m going to get some blood tests done on her, but does anyone know what this is? Or has anybody had similar issues? I don’t think it’s Cushings, and it’s not muscle Atrophy or motor neuron disease. Help!