Equestrizone’s Cushy-VX® is a powerful tincture of Vitex agnus-castus, also known as chasteberry and vitex for horses. It works on the pituitary gland to support the body’s endocrine system thereby supporting metabolic function. In this way it helps support vitality, normal coat shedding, balanced hormones, good immune function, a healthy circulation, healthy hooves and appropriate energy levels in horses with signs of pituitary gland stress.
Cushy-VX® gives your horse all the benefits of Vitex agnus-castus in a concentrated form that is easily-absorbed into the bloodstream for speedy results.
Cushy-VX® is a natural nutritional supplement which supports the body’s endocrine system via the pituitary gland. Ideally, feed along with antioxidant vitamins, e.g. Vitamin E and Vitamin C, to help limit oxidative stress (since this is believed to be involved in pituitary gland stress).
For best results, consider the following dietary advice to support horses and ponies with pituitary stress:
- Maintain a healthy bodyweight, neither too fat nor too slim
- Feed a well-balanced diet, including elevated levels of antioxidant vitamins
- Feed appropriate fibre-based feeds
- Limit starch, sugar and fructan intake i.e. limit grass intake, feed hay/haylage with a water soluble carbohydrate content of 10% or less and avoid coarse mixes and other starchy feeds
- A natural product
- Safe for long-term use
Feed Cushy-VX® to:
- Horses and ponies with endocrine challenges or signs of pituitary stress
- To all older horses or ponies showing any signs of pituitary stress
- Support good health in horses and ponies with Cushing’s syndrome (PPID) and EMS
- Horses and ponies with excessive hair growth due to a compromised endocrine system
||ML PER DAY
||5 – 10ml twice a day
||5 ml twice a day
1 litre fed at 10ml per day will last 100 days
Cushy-VX® can be used in conjunction with conventional medicines. The suggested feeding rates may be increased if necessary and adjusted to suit the individual, they are not necessarily related to body weight. Please seek veterinary advice if you are unsure
*DO NOT SUPPLEMENT TO PREGNANT MARES OR THOSE DUE TO CONCEIVE*
|Aqua, Ethanol, Chastetree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)
|Crude ash <0.1%
Crude ﬁbre <0.1%
|Crude oils and fats <0.1%
Crude protein <0.1%
A complementary feed material for horses. Store in a cool, dry place. Replace cap securely to avoid deterioration of contents. Keep out of reach of children
✓ Acts to support the normal functioning of the endocrine system
✓ Supports blood, muscle, nerve and coat condition especially in older horses
✓ Helps support good behaviour in mares and geldings
✓ Fast-acting and easily absorbed
✓ Gentle, but effective
Managing cushing’s disease in horses
Vitex agnus-castus, also known as agnus castus, chasteberry and monk’s pepper for horses, is a herb with powerful properties. It is a dopamine agonist, which acts on the pituitary gland, helping to support the balance of a variety of hormones in animals with pituitary glands stress. It contains a number of active compounds, including antioxidants, essential oils and diterpenes. The diterpenes are believed to be the component with dopaminergic activity.
Supporting pituitary gland function allows a correct balancing of a number of important endocrine hormones involved in metabolism, thermoregulation and hoof function, amongst other things. Up to 30% of aged horses and ponies are believed to have pituitary insufficiency, due to a neurodegenerative condition called Cushing’s syndrome. Cushing’s syndrome (also called pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID) is most commonly recognised by a long, hairy coat which is not shed normally in the spring (although this symptom may not be present). The condition is not well understood and it is not reversible. However, supporting pituitary gland function can help quality of life.
Horses and ponies with pituitary gland stress have a number of symptoms, many of which are slow in onset. Affected horses may not show all of these:
- Thick, long and sometimes curly hair growth, which is not shed properly in the spring
- Excessive urination and drinking
- Lowered immune response (susceptibility to infections and parasites)
- Increased risk of laminitis
- Muscle atrophy (withering)
- Abnormal fat distribution and a ‘pot belly’
- Lethargy (lack of energy)
Vitex agnus-castus for horses helps support normal pituitary function, therefore balancing endocrine function.
The neurodegeneration involved in Cushing’s syndrome is thought to be associated with oxidative stress, so ensuring a good supply of antioxidant vitamins is recommended. Affected horses and ponies are usually on limited fresh green grass, due to their increased risk of laminitis, which reduces their intake of vitamin E. Researchers have found low plasma vitamin C levels in horses affected by Cushing’s syndrome, and since it may become an essential nutrient for horses and ponies who are unwell, it is recommended to feed extra to those with Cushing’s syndrome.