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A com­mon side ef­fect of lamini­tis and Cush­ing’s dis­ease is a very stretched, weak white line on the sole of the foot. Add a load of mois­ture into the mix, and it’s the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for an ab­scess to brew. “It’s even worse in Cushin­goid horses,” warns Stu­art, “be­cause not only is lamini­tis one of the side ef­fects of Cush­ing’s — and there­fore the stretched white line — but it also re­duces the horse’s abil­ity to fight in­fec­tion.” It’s for th­ese rea­sons that Stu­art rec­om­mends own­ers put their horses through an an­nual health

check ev­ery au­tumn. “It’s like a good car MOT and will hope­fully pick up any health is­sues be­fore the win­ter hits,” he says. “Specif­i­cally, a lot of horses will have a di­ag­nos­tic or mon­i­tor­ing blood test for Cush­ing’s in au­tumn. The ac­cu­racy and sen­si­tiv­ity of that test varies through­out the year and is at its most sen­si­tive and ac­cu­rate in the au­tumn, so it makes sense to do it then. “Horses bor­der­ing on or with Cush­ing’s can then be given the sup­port they need at the most chal­leng­ing time of year.”

The white line area is an ab­scess hot spot

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