PPID Problems


Given the number of senior horses I’ve cared for over my time in the horse world and the fact that researchers estimate that 15-30% of senior horses develop pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (or PPID), you might think I have extensive hands-on experience in managing PPID horses. But guess what: I’ve been involved in the management of one PPID horse in my entire 20+ years of caring for horses. Go figure!

My family’s Miniature Horse, Brandy, was the lone PPID-affected horse I had a hand in caring for, and she was plenty challengingÉmainly because we didn’t actually diagnose her with PPID until a couple years before she died (of unrelated causes) for a variety of reasons.

We always joked that Brandy grew and shed enough hair each year that should a Belgian need a hair transplant, we’d have him covered.

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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