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    05-28-2012, 08:44 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
It's going to be more expensive for you to just worm every month, than get a worm count done and have to worm each change of season to get rid of whatever species of worm the horse is carrying.
Wormer's don't protect the horse against getting worms, they kill the worms that the horse is already carrying.
Really? I thought they were prevention too.
     
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    05-28-2012, 08:55 PM
  #12
Trained
Nope, the only way to prevent worm infestation, is by keeping up a good worming program. So keep your paddocks free of manure, rotate paddocks, regular worm counts and worming specifically for the type of worm that shows up in the count. When you get their worm count down to zero, its just a matter of worming for the seasons.
If you worm a worm free horse, it can still pick up worms as soon as the paste has left its body - 2-10 days depending on the brand.
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    05-28-2012, 09:04 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Nope, the only way to prevent worm infestation, is by keeping up a good worming program. So keep your paddocks free of manure, rotate paddocks, regular worm counts and worming specifically for the type of worm that shows up in the count. When you get their worm count down to zero, its just a matter of worming for the seasons.
If you worm a worm free horse, it can still pick up worms as soon as the paste has left its body - 2-10 days depending on the brand.
Why do horses have to be so high maintenance? Haha I clean and bleach their trough weekly but I probably should clean out the part of the part where they stay, but there is no way to give them an extra boost to against worms?
     
    05-28-2012, 09:13 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Mwdew    
Why do horses have to be so high maintenance? Haha I clean and bleach their trough weekly but I probably should clean out the part of the part where they stay, but there is no way to give them an extra boost to against worms?
Not really. Basically the injest the worms, then they poop them out...the worms do a little breeding and egg laying, the horse comes back and reingests them.. Good maintenance of your horse's grounds is pretty much the only preventative and THAT isn't always 100%.

Also, most vets don't have to make a vet call to do a float, a LOT of them will let you bring the sample to them, mine does. You just wait for your horse to give you a nice fresh "present," scoop some into a ziploc bag with name/date, etc and take it to your vets office within a few hours.
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    05-28-2012, 09:15 PM
  #15
Trained
Haha welcome to horses, Mwdew!!!! If you want them, you need to deal with the high maintence aspect of them ;)
They've got super sensitive guts so it's easy to make them colic or give them gastric ulcers, their legs are stupidly skinny compared to their body hence so many leg injuries and ailments, their teeth keep growing so need regular filing like their hooves - they like to keep us busy, and poor!
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    05-28-2012, 10:24 PM
  #16
Foal
I am never going to have money for my Camaro and the vehicles I want to get. Collecting some home made horse pie is going to be fun. Haha I hate that there is no 100% way to protect them against worms.
     
    05-28-2012, 10:30 PM
  #17
Trained
Hahaha once again, welcome to horses!! Owning horses and caring for them sufficiently means that you have to give up some of the luxuries of life. Hell, I could have a brand new, red, Ford ute by now if I didn't have horses. And I'd probably have a much improved social life - avoiding late saturday nights when I've got a competition on the following day, and having no time during the week to go out for dinner as by the time I've fed the horses its 7pm and then I need to get things sorted at home as well.

But, if you love it enough, its work the sacrifices. And if you don't think it's worth it, then maybe horses aren't your thing :)
     
    05-28-2012, 10:39 PM
  #18
Foal
Haha Yeah I am not going to lie. I am into classic cars. I like horses, but I probably wouldn't own any right now if I had the choice. Although I would like to get a couple later in life. Horses are expensive especially when you are 16, don't have a regular income and are trying to restore a car. My dad got this horses for a reason beyond my understanding. Haha We don't use them for anything they are basically giant dogs. My dad works out of state now and I have just claimed them as my own and take care of them myself because I really do like/love both of the horses.
     
    05-28-2012, 10:50 PM
  #19
Trained
Is it possible to lease/sell one/both if you're not terribly interested in them? It is a big expense to have sitting in a paddock if you're not crazy about them.
     
    05-28-2012, 11:01 PM
  #20
Foal
Its sad, but no one wants a 2,000+ pound horse that can't do anything. (Dave has a disorder that makes him scare easily and lock up) and Blaze is about too old to be broken. I can't just starve or neglect them just because I want my car done and like I said I really do like both of the horses too.
     

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