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        02-25-2013, 11:43 AM
    Well I have never heard of not riding them for a day or two after deworming but I can see why it would be relevant to horses who are not dewormed regularly - kill a bunch of bots or strongyles (each have their own effect on certain systems) and then get the horse's heartrate up and sure, those dead worms in the blood stream could stroke or clot and cause all kinds of issues. I've seen this happen with goats and dogs.

    I am also conscious of my horses and what they may 'feel' as sappy as it sounds and don't ride them for a day or two after deworming, vaccs or teeth floating in order to give their bodies and systems time to recoup from the chemicals/sedatives/invasive procedures, etc.

    If you deworm every two months, your horse's worm load (if he even has one) will be minimal and you could probably ride the following day. If you actually see worms in the poo and this is what prompts you to deworm, well I'd be laying off any form of exercise and deworming with a more aggressive regime until a fecal count shows clear. Other than that, you could get in the saddle the next day with no problem.
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        02-25-2013, 01:18 PM
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    The 24 hour thing may be an Old Time school of thought, since that is how I was raised

    I was also taught to worm first thing in the AM, so the horse had all day to be "working itself" out on pasture. That way if the horse did get a mild belly cramp, they would most likely work themselves right out of it and you'd never know

    That being said, I don't "just worm" anymore. In this day and age of worms developing a resistance to the only three types of worm chemicals on the market (that come in various combinations), I don't worm without taking fecal samples to the vet.

    But that's another conversation and there are aleady several threads on it
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