The coat change and the challenge it poses to the metabolism can lead to overloading of the liver and kidneys.
Mud fever, sweet itch, equine sarcoids and many other disease profiles are signs of a weakened or overactive immune system in a horse. In this context, people talk about immunoglobulins, immune defence, antigens and antibodies, but how does the immune system really work and, above all, how can we as people support the immune system of our horses?
The body needs fast availability of electrolytes and nutrients, especially under heavy strain and in heat.
If your horse shows marked changes in behaviour or appearance, such as skin change problems, laminitis, weakened immune system, cardiovascular problems, fat deposits or other symptoms, your horse probably suffers from Equine Cushing's Syndrom (ECS), also popularly known as just Cushing's. This is a very complex disease that is currently not curable. The horses that contract it are typically and almost without exception 15 years old or older. Younger horses can also suffer from Cushing's, but that is very rare.