Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hay belly vs. worm belly vs. sand belly?
I’ve been browsing forums here, doing my research and refreshing my brain before I actually jump into horse ownership. One thing that comes up a lot in topics is worming. From my lurking, I’ve noticed that a lot of horse people can look at a picture of a “fat” horse and determine that it’s wormy. How? What’s the difference?
Google explained to me what worms were (thanks, Google! *shakes head*) and told me what causes a grass belly. Would you believe it’s too much grass and not enough exercise? Who’da thunk? But then another article raised a question about sand belly in horses that are on a primarily dry lot.
Now, I know horses have to be wormed regularly (every 6-8 weeks or so, if I remember correctly). But I’m confused how one can just look at a horse and determine if it’s a hay belly or a worm/sand belly. Does the belly “hang” differently? Does the worm belly extend down rather than out? How can you tell?