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What is a Success Story at the Rescue?
Two mini Mules came into the rescue due to their owner having a hard time due to the economy. She could no longer take care of them and had to surrender them to us for a home placement. Susie, one of our volunteers fell in love with them and wanted to adopt the two girls. When they arrived at the rescue we saw that these lovely little sisters had fears of human contact and would not come to us. Susie spent lots of time sitting on upside down buckets talking to them and just plain sitting there letting the girls get use to human contact. After many weeks of this, the girls understood that we humans are pretty nice creatures with lots of yummy goodies to offer as well as lots of love. So Susie adopted them and they now live a VERY happy healthy life on Susie’s farm in Snohomish.
Sarge and Wrangler grew up together, and are truly a bonded pair.
At 31 Years old we will not seperate them. They are the best of friends, and will retire here at the rescue together.
A 22 Year old, Flea-bitten grey, thoroughbred, gelding. Lt. Dan is an ex-racehorse of 5 years from Argentina. He came to us from his loving owners to retire at our rescue. He's sweet, careful and silly. Overall a really great horse.
Cushing's Disease is a disorder that usually occurs in older horses, although it can happen as early as age seven. It is treatable at any age, and early treatment will allow the horse to enjoy a good quality of life in its remaining years.
Cushing's Disease is triggered by a pituitary tumor, which makes cells become overactive and release too much pro-opiolipomelanocortin. It also pressures the neighboring hypothalamus, causing problems with body temperature regulation.
Symptoms include a thick, wavy coat of coarse hair that does not fall out in the spring, abnormal thirst, excessive urination, muscle loss and a hanging pot belly.
Untreated Cushing's Disease makes horses prone to other illnesses, such as the hoof disease laminitis. It can also cause rapid weight loss, abnormally distributed fat and abscesses.
Cushing's Disease is diagnosed through the symptoms or with a dexamethasone suppression test, adrenocorticotropic stimulation or a thyroid stimulating hormone release test.
Cushing's Disease can be treated with bromocriptine mesylate, but it is difficult to absorb and can have unpleasant side effects. Cyproheptadine is more popular because it is readily absorbed. Ground chastetree berry is a natural treatment that has not been scientifically proven.
Treatment relieves the symptoms, but does not cure Cushing's Disease. It can maintain a horse's quality of life for many years, but eventually euthanasia becomes necessary.