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My friend has a mini shetland who is losing weight, her coat is very heavy but very long, she's struggling to get weight on her the wee mare is in her 20's.. could it be Cushings?

My friend has a mini shetland who is losing weight, her coat is very heavy but very long, she's struggling to get weight on her the wee mare is in her 20's.. could it be Cushings?
Thanks Clariss ive already said this to her so I'm gonna get equerry conditioning mash sorted for her
I would advise feeding slobber mash/ ready mash. You have to soak it for about 5/10 minutes with hot water and they love it! It really helps put the weight on rescue ponies. Another inexpensive feed is to feed straights such as barley to them.
It could very well be Cushings. It's very important to have a vet come out as check her ASAP.
Katie her vet told her that it was too expensive for blood tests which I told her was a load of s**t lol he's mainly a small animal vet.. they have access to a small paddock and also a haynet I have suggested to fill an extra net to keep them munching... yes the eating hair is new behaviour.. she has also been struggling to get up wen she lieing down but this isn't al the time.. vet also advised her to put her onto a cube Pegasus stable cube to be precise told her it was more fattening?!? I have my good doer Irish draught on these as well as fibre beet?!?
Could be Cushings. Get a blood test done. Although I find it takes a while for most of them to actually come back positive. Is the hair eating a new behaviour? I find most ponies do this when there isn't enough hay to constantly chew on. Is she fed out of a slow feeder?
It's possible, I'd advise getting a blood sample taken x
Oh she also seems to be eating her field mates hair as in pulling it out leaving him bald?! I haven't seen a horse do this?