Can a horse actually feel better after worming?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Can a horse actually feel better after worming??

I know this sounds crazy.....but my horse was exhibiting some resistant, stubborn behaviour that was not characteristic for him. We also recently increased his food, and changed it to a more complete feed as well as me giving him lunch :) to fatten him up.....

But, could a Panacur Power Pak make him feel better?? I did day 5 of it yesterday, rode him today and it was like I have my old horse back?? He was happy, light, very forward, NO resistance (didn't even need my crop!) It was one of those rides where you feel just elated afterwards (esp. after how he's been acting the last 2 weeks).

Just wondering if he did have worms and felt awful, and now he feels better?? Is that possible, or would a worming not have that profound of an effect?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 04:29 PM
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I got a DVD from someplace, don't remember where but anyway it showed the stuff worms do on the inside of a horse. Not a pretty picture. I'm sure if he did have worms he was in great discomfort. so yeah I bet he is feeling better. Plus the change in diet has made some difference.
I had one of those glorious rides today too. Glad someone else got one in

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Vida! Glad you had one too :) Isn't that the BEST??? I just feel like I'm on cloud nine ever since!!! And interesting about the worms.......
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 04:49 PM
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Today was the first time I got to go out on our trails. We have about 4 miles cut through some land my neighbor is kind enough to let us use. Its really pretty and I haven't been able to get back there since I broke my back. I have been stuck in the round pen and pasture for 2 weeks so yeah I'm on cloud nine. Plus my mare was a sweetie pie all day, in one of those really lovey moods.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 05:34 PM
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The change is most likely a combination of things rather than just the deworming. And just a warning, they did a study on the adverse affects of Panacur Powerpac in the last year and found that it causes severe inflammation and even ulceration in the GI tract about 2 weeks after use. This is attributed to the way it kills the encysted strongyles. So, I wouldn't be surprised to have some mild colic in a week and a half or so.

For future reference, Quest will kill encysted strongyles without causing the GI inflammation/ulceration. And since it only requires a single dose to kill encysted strongyles, you get the job done easier and cheaper without the bad GI side effects.

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