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post #21 of 50 Old 07-29-2010, 11:04 AM
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Anyone can say anything on the internet. I could be a rich prince from Saudi Arabia with 500 Arabian stallions. Or, I could be a movie star with a hourglass figure and billions of adoring fans. I could pretend to be a doctor, or lawyer, or anything, and if I quoted enough other people then others might think I'm telling the truth.
OMG! Another bubble burst! I was convinced you were rich and/or famous-and totally arm candy! Here I thought I could believe everything I read......UGH!

I too will believe my vet, after all I pay them to advise me.

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post #22 of 50 Old 07-29-2010, 11:06 AM
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Let's simmer down guys. Each vet may have their own idea for worming and other maintenance programs. To criticize one in favor of another may be considered very closed minded.

BTW, where a vet graduated is impressive only for the first year after graduation. After that, it is experience and how well he/she kept up with the science that matters.

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A horse should be treated every 3 months . Although I know someone who does then in the spring and the fall and that seems to make sense to me aswell. The reason for only doing it twice is in the spring the bugs and what not are out so they will be protected for the summer and in the fall the bugs are still dying out . In the winter its cold and they cannot survive. Personally I stick to every 3 months , I'd rather be safe then sorry.

Im not sure if you have a tack store called "Greenhawk"but if you do ask them about the chart they have , they show each dewormer which is best for each season looking at which worms and parasites are most common at that time .

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Let's simmer down guys. Each vet may have their own idea for worming and other maintenance programs. To criticize one in favor of another may be considered very closed minded.
Good point.

My comment about the dislcaimer that most vets put after issuing advice over the internet was mainly intended to suggest that anyone that gives advice from the position that they are a professional in the area should be given with some warning that situations may vary and each person should seek professional advice of their own, especially when it comes to first time horse owners. It is great that we have this forum for the sharing of information and advice however those that issue advice from a so called 'professional' standpoint (i.e. They state they are a vet/farrier/vet tech) should be responsible with the giving of advice so that people don't take everything they say as the gospel truth.

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My comment about the dislcaimer that most vets put after issuing advice over the internet was mainly intended to suggest that anyone that gives advice from the position that they are a professional in the area should be given with some warning that situations may vary and each person should seek professional advice of their own, especially when it comes to first time horse owners. It is great that we have this forum for the sharing of information and advice however those that issue advice from a so called 'professional' standpoint (i.e. They state they are a vet/farrier/vet tech) should be responsible with the giving of advice so that people don't take everything they say as the gospel truth.
That is how I read your post.

I did not read it to say you were putting down one theory over another.

I just fine it frustrating when people post here that they know more than your (general you) vet when they know nothing about your horse, your barn, etc.


For the record, my vets are currently doing the fecal check worm accordingly technique. My two horses are on a twice a year deworming schedule with fecals to make sure they have stayed low/none shedding.
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I agree Draftrider, guess my vet is wrong also, Washington state must not teach their vets anything either. Am curious Ryle, do you actually have hands on experience with horses or just spend your time quoting stuff from the internet? Article after article is posted to the forum, yet have never heard one experience of actual hands on. Does your vet approve of you telling the rest of us our vets are stupid?
I have never said that your vets were stupid. I have just said that there is information from the noted researchers in this area that is different from what most vets are recommending. Veterinarians do not have the time to keep up with every area of research and tend to spend the time that they do have on keeping up with the areas they are most interested in. These tend to be surgery and medical conditions rather than preventative care. Deworming is far from the most glamorous or money-make topic and most vets take what they learned in school however many years ago and just keep repeating it. Seeing as it does me little good to study new surgical techniques, I have more time for things like diagnostic testing which is very much a part of a veterinary technician's daily workload. And client education on preventative care is another. So, updates in deworming and vaccination protocols was always something I kept up with and took to my boss as I saw information that meant that we needed to change our protocols.

Whether you believe this or not is up to you. I have been working in the veterinary field for more than 20 years and have written a professional continuing education article on equine deworming for publication in the last year that was approved my our state veterinary medical association for meeting their continuing education requirements. As for having hands on experience, yes I do. I have owned horses for more than 30 years and was the head technician at an equine hospital before my boss decided to go into retirement and sell her practice.

Follow your vet's advice, but don't do it blindly. Ask questions, do your own research. Use you mind. Remember, your vet is not all-knowing and they can be behind the times on current recommendations in different areas of practice.

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Ryle, why are horse vets so clueless in your mind but when it comes to picking good quality dog foods you carry on about how vets know what they are talking about?

I just do not get it.
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I'll say this one more time - get back on track.

I've read this thread and several times and not once did Ryle call anyone's vet clueless so let's give it a rest.

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iridehorses, I think the "clueless" is implied - not only in this thread, but in other deworming threads.

It's kind of like if you're rotational worming/powerpacking your horses you and your vet must be very uneducated in the latest and greatest protocols. I know she doesn't mean it like that, but that's the way it comes across most of the time. Seems condescending.

People follow internet advice so blindly sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), they just need to remember to talk to THEIR vet about THEIR horse in IT'S environment.

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iridehorses, I think the "clueless" is implied - not only in this thread, but in other deworming threads.

It's kind of like if you're rotational worming/powerpacking your horses you and your vet must be very uneducated in the latest and greatest protocols. I know she doesn't mean it like that, but that's the way it comes across most of the time. Seems condescending.

People follow internet advice so blindly sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), they just need to remember to talk to THEIR vet about THEIR horse in IT'S environment.
Thank you My Beau. Exactly!!!!! On all counts.


We try to say what protocol our vets are telling us to use and we get told that our vets are not educated enough, etc etc by certain posters.

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