Mara's Wild Horse Diet

Mara is the first true Cushings horse that I have owned.

May 2018 - July 2023

Mara in a field

She joined our herd May 2018 and as of that time was in her low 20s and a Welsh pony, with a full Cushing coat, hoof issues, very overweight, and has all the accompanying signs of Cushings: sweating even in cold weather, no shedding, excessive drinking and urinating. She also has extreme arthritis in her fetlocks, severe thrush and even in 100 degree weather did not shed! We changed her diet to: (fed twice a day)
  • 2 cups Orchard Grass pellets
  • 1/4 cup Rice Bran Pellets
  • 1/4 Cup Iron Horse
  • 1/2 TBS Cootie Kicker
  • 1/2 TBS Sugar Down
  • 1 oz Back in Balance Minerals
After six months on the above diet, with minimal effect (she did lose a lot of weight, lowered cresty neck, and other small positive effects) I mixed our newest blend Cushings Control which addresses all the areas effected by Cushings. Mara is now finally shedding and she is sweating much less than normal (after being on the blend just 2 months!)
Mara first shed January 2019   
Mara first shed after two months on Cushing's Control.
Update July 2023
Sweet Mara reached the point where every day that we went out and she was still standing it felt like a miracle. She was slow, tired, and clearly in a lot of pain, and we were no longer able to help her bounce back  from her laundry list of physical and emotional issues (we suspect she was going senile, she would seemingly forget where she was or act like she didn't recognize me). The only time she willingly moved was for food or when Grace forced her to. So when the vet came out to help us let go of Amber we decided it was the right time to let Mara go as well. 
Run free, sweet girl.