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ecirhorse logoThe ecirhorse.org website is complimentary to the Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Outreach Group.

Equine Cushing's Disease, also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), and Insulin Resistance (IR) are distinctly separate conditions. The often overlapping signs and symptoms can make diagnosis difficult. This website is intended to provide detailed information for correct Diagnosis, Diet, Trim and Exercise.

With thousands of international members, the ECIR Group is arguably the world's largest field trial in the world and provides the latest research, medication information & dietary recommendations for horses with these conditions.

In March of 2013, the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity and can now receive tax deductible contributions.

The mission of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse.


dustyroseCushing's Disease ~ Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction

The name Cushing's Disease stems from Dr. Harvey Cushing, a human physician and the first person to describe the symptoms in 1932.

Cushing's Disease refers to a collection of symptoms seen when there is an excess of cortisol. In the horse, what is commonly called Cushing's Disease is caused by hyperplasia (enlargement) or adenoma (benign tumor) in a portion of the pituitary called the pars intermedia (intermediate lobe).



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BeaucrestJune2002Equine Insulin Resistance ~ Metabolic Syndrome

Owners and veterinarians have long recognized a "syndrome" among young adult horses relating to obesity and chronic laminitis. Terms like Pre-Cushing's, Cushingoid, Syndrome-X, Hypothyroid and Metabollic Syndrome have been used to describe these animals. 

In the past few years, researchers have examined this condition more closely and the more specific term Insulin Resistance is now used to describe this metabolic body type. Insulin Resistance (IR) is characterized by a loss of insulin sensitivity at the cellular level. The insulin resistant horse is carbohydrate intolerant and the degree of insulin resistance can be assessed and measured as part of the diagnosis and recovery process.


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Laminitis ~ Founder

The pain and distress of an acutely laminitic horse is a very difficult thing to witness. When you care about your horse every hour seems like an eternity. However,the truth is that a horse's will to live is extremely strong.

When an owner is faced with a laminitic horse, their overwhelming concern, understandably, is pain control. However, it is critically important to understand that you cannot get the pain under control unless you eliminate the cause or trigger of the laminitis.



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jack ponyEquine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc. - Nonprofit

The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance internet discussion group was founded in 1999 by Robin Siskel for her mare Night Flight (Tina). At that time little was known or even recognized about Cushing's or Insulin Resistance in equines.

By providing up-to-date information and education, and following the principles of Diagnosis, Diet, Trim and Exercise (DDT+E), the group has become the largest field trial database for equine Cushing's Disease and Insulin Resistance in the world, contributing epidemiological information in
many significant areas.

In 2013 we were proud to announce that the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity and can now receive tax deductible contributions and grants to support ongoing research, education and awareness of Equine Cushing's Disease and
Insulin Resistance.

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  • Introduction
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Laminitis
  • ECIR Non-Profit

Emergency? In Crisis? We Are Here to Help!!

If you have a horse currently suffering from laminitis/founder, you have come to the right place for help. Please read the content of our website and use the link provided at the top of this page to join the Outreach Group for help from knowledgeable volunteers. Alternatively, email our Administrator (link at the bottom of the page) and get started on your way to having more peace of mind that you are doing the very best possible to help your horse.