06-30-2012, 07:38 AM
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<sigh> Someone needs to help me understand how the horse world has evolved into the "the horse is losing weight so we're going to worm him" before they do anything else.
Even if the horse is not UTD on worming, that is the last thing I'd do without asking the vet first.
My two mid-20's fellas have a very hard time holding weight and it isn't because of worm load. It's because one has gastric ulcers and the other has hind gut ulcers and Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
Hopefully the vet really is coming out sooner than later. I would discuss the possibility of ulcers -- both gastric and hind gut. Hind gut ulcers can be checked thru a fecal so there's the prime opportunity to have the worm load also checked on the horse before worming.
Hopefully the vet will thoroughly check his teeth. Horses don't always have to be dropping their feed to have bad teeth.
And in the end, hopefully all that is wrong is the horse isn't getting enough hay.
Some horses reach a point in their life where they need more forage - maybe some alfalfa to give them more protein and amino acids, they didn't need when they were younger.
Unless it hasn't been done for a year or two, worming, worming, worming is not the "go to" answer when a horse suddenly starts dropping weight. Should the horse happen to have ulcers, worming can really compound the issue with a good case of colic. Get the vet involved:)