Molly Gets Shaved
March 31, 2013

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to introduce you to Molly, a kind Cob pony that we hoped would be here for a very short time before moving on to her forever home.  We pictured her as a best friend to some lucky young girl who would pamper her for the rest of her live (and she's only 20 years old!).

Based on several factors, including her thick curly coat, we suspected that Molly might have Cushing's disease (Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction), where the pituitary gland becomes enlarged over time and results in overproduction of hormones.  And just a few days ago, the test results confirmed what we suspected.  Molly has tested positive for Cushing's disease. 

While we're disappointed, it doesn't mean that Molly can't have a successful and painfree life ahead of her.  While treatment doesn't usually mean complete resolution or remission of the disease, we can (and a future adopter can) make sure that Molly has a great quality of life with the use of some drugs and supportive care.  Horses with this disease often experience other symptoms, including excessive drinking and urination, laminitis, and repeated infections such as sole abscesses or tooth root infections, so we need to be on top of any changes in Molly's body condition and daily routine.  We're going to start with a Pergolide regimen, and make sure that Molly gets regular dental care and farrier care.  And, as you'll see in the video above, we're starting with some body clipping, which will help Molly better regulate her body temperature.  Molly wasn't a fan of the clippers, so we'll work in brief sessions and keep the experience as positive as possible for her.

Stop in some afternoon this week to boost Molly's morale (she loves peppermints!), and if you know someone that would love to have Molly in their life, email us at barnstaff@mspca.org.