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        09-18-2010, 10:05 PM
      #31
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    definitely learn to take the temperature, pulse and respiratory rates of your horse. These are the first thing a vet will want to know if you're ever in need of putting a call in to one. They are the 1st way you will know if there is something wrong with him!
    Is there a special kind one?
         
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        09-19-2010, 12:14 AM
      #32
    Yearling
    A special kind what? Thermometer? I just use the pediatric rectal thermometer you can buy at the grocery store for like $5. Make sure to get a digital, it takes much less time and your horse will thank you!
         
        09-19-2010, 12:17 AM
      #33
    Trained
    Also pick up some KY. I use the starel stuff that I have for breeding but it does not have to be. That is just what I keep on hand as that is what I use most of.
         
        09-19-2010, 12:36 AM
      #34
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    A foal should be dewormed every 4 weeks until they are a year old then they go onto the same rotation as the older horses.
    Thank you for posting this, I didn't know that. I dewormed my foal for the first time at 45 days (per vet's recommendation) but he didn't mention how often to do it after that. So I was just going to put him on the every 8 weeks my other horses are on. So that's good to know! He's not on pasture or anything, sadly I only have a dry lot type situation, but still, better safe than sorry. Dewormer is so cheap now (compared to what it used to be about 15 years ago) that there is really no excuse not to deworm the horses. I know there is a chance of the worms building a resistance to the dewormers, but still I feel like it is cheap insurance to safe guard their health, especially since horses are so prone to colic and intestinal problems. So I will deworm my little guy monthly for the first year too. And as small as he is, he only takes about 1/4 of a tube right now anyway.
         
        09-19-2010, 12:40 AM
      #35
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by mbender    
    If you get alfalfa pellets you can soak them to soften. I agree with feeding straight alfalfa. Too rich, too much sugar content which can cause too many problems. A grass mix is best.
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    Yeah, I forgot pellets could be soaked. Great idea, it gets more water into his system too and makes it less likely to cause impaction problems.

    But, although alfalfa can be said to be "too rich," it is the protein and calcium that make it too rich, not sugar content. I would venture to guess most grass and grass hays have higher sugar content than alfalfa. But yes, it is definitely a rich feed, which is why adult horses can stay fat on small portions of it.
         
        09-19-2010, 03:49 AM
      #36
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
    So I will deworm my little guy monthly for the first year too. And as small as he is, he only takes about 1/4 of a tube right now anyway.
    Actually all classes of dewormers have been shown to be less effective in foals so you want to use 1.5 times the dosage in a foal. Toxicity of dewormers is quite low so you can feel safe doing this. If you have any questions about it a call to your veterinarian is always free!
         
        09-19-2010, 05:08 AM
      #37
    Green Broke
    Too early for me but the dogs needed to go out! So hopefully you can read this. As far as what you are feeding, sounds good to me. And thermometers, digital but when you insert it don't let go, some people tie a string to it. What mix if any hay are you feeding?
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        09-19-2010, 09:54 AM
      #38
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    Actually all classes of dewormers have been shown to be less effective in foals so you want to use 1.5 times the dosage in a foal. Toxicity of dewormers is quite low so you can feel safe doing this. If you have any questions about it a call to your veterinarian is always free!
    I have always dewormed my foals with the entire tub. Same as I do with the larger horses. Will not hurt them and will get ride of as many worms a possible.
         
        09-19-2010, 01:29 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    I have always dewormed my foals with the entire tub. Same as I do with the larger horses. Will not hurt them and will get ride of as many worms a possible.
    Wow, I had no idea you could or should do that. I think the weight tape guessed him at 240 and I have him a 250 lb. Dose. I think I would still be too scared to give him a whole tube though. But I'll know I can be generous! Thank you nrhareiner and tealamutt!

    My vet, when I asked him about deworming shortly after the foal was born, actually said to give him a 200 lb dose at 45 days, but because the weight tape said he weighed a good 40 lbs more, that's why I have him a 250 lb. Dose. So I will be bolder next time, which will be soon.
         
        09-19-2010, 02:36 PM
      #40
    Trained
    Let me claifiy you can do that will 2 of the 3 classes of Dewormers. The only one you SHOULD NOT give the whole tub to is the Class Ivamec is in. That can be toxic in high doeses and does not take as much to get to that level. SO in that one just give 1/2 bub. About double what he weight in at.
         

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