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  • How often do i worm my horse
  • How often do horses need there feet done

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    03-28-2010, 04:23 AM
Green Broke
How often?

Do you worm?
Does your horses feet get trimmed or shoed? (say which one)
Do you get there teeth done?

And anything else that needs to be done on a regulary basis.

Just thought it would be interesting
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    03-28-2010, 04:40 AM
I worm my horses every 8 weeks, and get them intravenously wormed once a year. I've never had really wormy horses before, so this routine works well.

I have my horses without shoes, and as Standardbreds they do pretty well with their feet. I get them trimmed every 8 weeks as well, although over summer it's every 6-7weeks to ensure the hard ground doesn't crack their feet horribly or nothing.

Yes I get their teeth done once a year, it was once every 6mths but they're at a level that can be done once a year.

All of these schedules are subject to change. If my horses need an extra worming dose, a farrier visit or I suspect they're uncomfortable in their mouths, I'll not hesitate to get what they need done. This is just what works for me and my horses :)
    03-28-2010, 06:57 AM
Hooves are trimmed (barefoot) every 4 weeks
Wormed every 6 - 8 weeks when we rotate paddocks.
Teeth are done once a year for my gelding and every 6 months for my mare as she is 28.

But as ohmyitschelle said, this is flexible depending upon the horses and the situation.
    03-28-2010, 08:01 AM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
do you worm?
Because of parasite resistance to wormers, the 'new' recommendation is to do fecal counts and then only worm if necessary with a wormer specific to the parasite. However, most folks I know still follow the 'old' rotation schedule every 2 or 3 months.

does your horses feet get trimmed or shoed? (say which one)
Our mares are barefoot and I just clean them up with a rasp every 3 weeks as needed. Assuming you use a farrier or trimmer, I would rely on their recommendation. Some horses can go 8 weeks (or more), and some only 4 weeks before needing a trim, and, if barefoot, it also depends a lot on how often you ride and on what types of surfaces.

do you get there teeth done?
This also depends a lot on the horse and the diet. Many horses on a grass/hay diet that spend most of the day chewing can go a long time without dental work. Many people do have them checked every year just to see if any work is needed.
    03-28-2010, 08:45 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Because of parasite resistance to wormers, the 'new' recommendation is to do fecal counts and then only worm if necessary with a wormer specific to the parasite.
what would be a normal fecal count?
And how do you tell by the feces what worm it is?
    03-28-2010, 08:59 AM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
what would be a normal fecal count?
And how do you tell by the feces what worm it is?
Fecal egg counts and identifying the parasites are done under a microscope. Most people would have their vet or a lab do it, but I know some folks that have learned to do it themselves.
The latest recommendation I read was to worm if the EPG (eggs per gram) is 200 or more.
    03-28-2010, 10:45 AM
I agree with painthousemares on doing a worm count. I personally donīt like the idea of just stuffing chemicals into my horses if I am not sure if they have worms or not! I use a herbal wormer and have their faeces checked regularly. I would use a chemical wormer if I had to, but they are all looking great.
I am a DAEP (Degreed Applied Euine Podiatrist), so I trimm my own horses. If there is a problem I certainly trim them every 3-4 weeks. Latest every 6 weeks.
Teeth are done once a year by an equine dentist, more often if there are problems.

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