05-28-2012, 10:54 AM
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Egg count is the best way to go, unless you have a microscope and the know how, you can't do it yourself. Most vets around here only charge about 15-20 bucks to do it and then they tell you what wormer to get if any so that you can get what you need for what your horse has. Each type of wormer is for a different type of parasite and you don't really want to give him something that won't kill off what he has and leave what he has untreated.
You could go the once a month rotation route (the old school way), which means you give him a different one each month (look at the active ingredient, not brand name) and you MUST do it every month to catch EVERYTHING. Eventually you will get them all. Just a word of caution, if your horse has a sensitive stomach, this can cause problems as wormers will make the tummy troubles 10 times worse for a week or so. If your horse has gastric reflux or is on his way to ulcers, it may push him over the edge (this happend with Cinny). Ulcer treatments are about 40 bucks a day....FOR A MONTH! I don't mean to scare you but keep a close eye on your horse's behavior, poop, etc if you choose this route... sometimes they only seem to be misbehaving when in actuality their tummy is hurting and they are in a lot of pain. It's also a good idea to give them something like ProBios for a while after worming because wormers also kill of the good bacteria that is supposed to be there...causing issues. The ProBios or something like it will help reestablish that....sort of like eating yogurt :)
I think it may be ok to give the joint supplements. It may make him feel better. Keep a watch out for heat or other signs of injuries in his legs and joints. Give him something simple to start with, even MSM. If it seems to help then all's good, if not there may be some underlying damage or problem somewhere and I would have a vet diagnose the situation.