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Hormonal Imbalances in Horses

Sometimes, for various reasons, the hormones get out of balance so that the horse is producing either too many or not enough.

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By: Teresa Ann Pitman |

In horses, as in humans, hormones regulate many processes within the body. Controlled by the endocrine system, which is made up of various glands that produce and manage the hormones, they are transported in the blood to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action. The system’s CEO is the pituitary gland – it signals the other glands to boost production or decrease it when necessary. Most of the time, this system works remarkably well. But sometimes, for various reasons, the hormones get out of balance so that the horse is producing either too many or not enough. This imbalance of hormones can happen in any of the hormone-producing organs, but here are three of the most common culprits: Cushing’s Disease/Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) When humans or dogs get Cushing’s disease, they typically have a problem with their adrenal gland. But Dr. Wendy Duckett, a professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC),…

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