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  • Do worms cause dull coat in horses
  • Causes of dusty coat in horses

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    01-15-2008, 11:05 PM
Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
i've never done de worming he's my first horse i've owned but i've been around horses since I was 6 I heard about it but I never thought about it till now

I think I might wait on deworming till it warms up and his winter coat goes away if it doesnt get shiner and he doesnt put on more weight ill definitely start deworming him
thats entirely your decision but weight and dull coats arent the only reason you should worm your horse. Id strongly urge you to start doing it for your horses sake. Certain worms can destroy the gut and cause fatal bouts of colic. Im sure you don't want that for your horse do you?
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    01-16-2008, 09:50 AM
No, if I were you I'd make worming a priority. Worms are like the all-around bringers of bad health. Not just his coat, but his weight, his conformation (if he's young), and a whole host of general poor health issues arise from worms. I'd get your vet to take a fecal sample the next time they are at the barn and have them tell you the results.

Also, seeing as your horse is at a large stable, the chances of him having worms are that much higher. Worms will spread between horses quickly.

It might seem overwhelming and complicated, but all you have to do is a little research and you can get into a worming schedule without too much work. Heres a useful site.
    01-16-2008, 11:08 AM
Worming is not something you do "only if and when you want to".
Your horse needs to be on a set worming scheduale. If your barn does not provide this service.... you must. No ifs ands or buts. Its part of the responsibility of owning a horse.
    01-16-2008, 03:28 PM
I work as a secretary at a vet clinic and I know fecal samples can be expensive, about 40$ Canadian, not to mention the basic charge of having the vet come out. I think a good choice would be a basic dewormer and if no improvements are seen then go with the sample. Just a thought. (I am NOT a vet, just work with them so I get a chance to ask a ton of questions)

If worms are not to blame for the dull coat, our old welsh mare's coat looked wonderful after adding a tablespoon of veggie oil to her feed. Also, I spray detangler on all of my body brushes each time I groom in the winter, it picks up the dust much better than the brush alone and it helps with static, just beware of the saddle and girth area, it could get slippery. I also use a small hard bristled broom to clean the mud off of my horse's feet, if your horse doesn't mind, it works well. :)
    01-18-2008, 11:41 PM
Getting that dirt up from the skin is tricky, but if you have a vacuum available that works with the less effort. Other than that, the traditional curry curry curry the brush brush brush. Haha You can't really make it go away unless you put a sheet on him.
Veg/olive oil or molasses I would not recommend. Molasses is super high in sugar, which can cause metobolic disorders, high energy, or poor digestion. Sugar is actually not good for horses.
We feed soaked flax seed, which you can buy at your local feed store. You soak one cup flax to 3 cups water. Soak it over night, stir it all together and mix with grain/beet pulp/rice bran, etc. You can alot of it and all of the horses who are on it at our barn are incredibly shiny even in the dead of winter. :)
There are flexible rubber curries that are great for legs.
"They" say that if you groom a horse right, you'll burn 350 calories in one session. So don't give up after 10 min.
    01-21-2008, 06:11 PM
Green Broke
I wormed my horse yesterday he didnt like it lol but ty for all ur replys it really helped :)
    01-22-2008, 11:20 AM
    01-22-2008, 03:44 PM
Personally I would only use those blocks for getting bots off but I don't really even use them then, I would say to just stick with a traditional brush set.
    01-22-2008, 03:46 PM
Also I forgot to say, there is this weight builder I used and it can be used as weight builder or coat shiner. If you gave them two scoops a night it was weight builder, and one scoop was coat shiner, it was the best coat shiner I have ever used an it worked like a charm.
    01-22-2008, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for ur reply could you maybe send me a link it sounds pretty interesting.

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