Wildfire is a mustang from the Navajo reservation, born roughly around 2003. She was diagnosed with PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, previously called Equine Cushings) in her mid-teens, and sadly became unwanted due to her illness.
When a cherished friend of the rescue contacted us about her in early 2019, we were shocked and devastated by what we saw......a mere skeleton hidden beneath the infected skin and long, curly, unkempt coat of a severely neglected horse with PPID that was not being properly treated. After contacting her "owner," it became clear that the horse needed immediate rescue, and that is what we did. When we arrived to retrieve Wildfire, she was penned up in a tiny sectioned-off corner of a barn, with no food or water, and not even enough room to lay down. Her too-small halter was embedded into her face, and she was very lethargic. All the other horses at this farm were turned out and eating, but not Wildfire. She was alone, and sad.
Although Wildfire's "owner" insisted that her PPID was being treated, but that she was not responding to treatment and needed to be put down, our vet strongly disagreed. Her bloodwork showed that her PPID was in fact not being treated, and that her hormone levels were significantly higher than they should have been. So we started her on her medication immediately, along with a solid dietary plan. Her teeth were floated, she was checked for parasites, and her wounds were treated. A few short months later, she has regained her weight, her energy, her vibrance, and her joy!
PPID is not curable, but is fully treatable and manageable. With proper care a horse with PPID can enjoy a high quality of life and live a long and full existence. Although Wildfire's condition has drastically improved, she remains closely monitored so that we can ensure she is always receiving the proper diet and medical care necessary to keep her coat healthy, her immune system strong, and her hooves in tip-top shape to prevent laminitis.
Wildfire is a now a permanent resident of Never Forgotten Ranch, and will live out her years as the Ranch's PPID Ambassador Horse, helping to educate others about her condition, which is becoming increasingly common in older horses. She shows the world that despite her diagnosis, she is strong, determined, and loving life, and others with her condition can do the same!