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        10-17-2009, 11:48 AM
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    Yearling
    My horse doesn't get grain; Can I use a daily dewormer with him?

    If so, how would I go about doing this? I'm thinking of the pelleted kind like this - Equi Aid SW from SmartPak Equine. Thanks.
         
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        10-17-2009, 12:18 PM
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    Trained
    You could always buy shaved beat pulp. All you do is put 1/2 a cup of it into a feed bucket, pour a little bit of water into it, and the shaved beat pulp will soak up the water quickly and be ready to serve in about 5 mintues.

    Just put the wormer in that and your horse should gobble it up.

    My guy eats the saved beat pulp and it works great for us because we are in a very large Hunter/Jumper barn where they BO and the BW have to not only bring over 40 horses in a day, they have to feed them to their indavidual needs, and to be honest, regular pelleted beat pulp is too much of an inconvenience for any of the BW's who have to take the time out to prepare it.

    The shaved, is quick, easy and does just as good of a job as the pelleted. All the BW's have to do, as shown - is give Nelson 1 cup of shaved BP, with water poured over it, mix it up and voila. Then his grain is added and his suppliments.
         
        10-17-2009, 01:32 PM
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    Yearling
    You could still give him a daily dewormer, but in most instances these cost more than they are worth and they increase the speed at which parasites in your area develop a resistance to the chemical dewormer in them. 50% of horses control parasite loads on their own with very little chemical assistance and only need to be dewormed twice a year. Even horses who don't have a good resistance to parasites only need to be dewormed 4 times a year. Plus there is resistance already to the pyrantels (the active ingredient in that product is pyrantel tartrate) is seen in 40+% of areas tested in the US.

    You should really just assess your situation and determine how many times a year your horse really needs to be dewormed and stick to that. Weather conditions, management particulars--stall, paddock, pasture, feces removal, age of the horse,and your horse's own natural resistance all affect the amount of deworming that is really necessary.

    I would recommend that you watch the deworming webinar on www.thehorse.com . The equine parasitologist lays out a complete deworming plan and tells you how to figure out when your horse needs to be dewormed.

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