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        03-04-2013, 07:01 PM
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    I would be very careful about worming them with such a high worm load. If too many die off at once, you could have an impaction colic on your hands. Ideally, you would get a fresh fecal sample and have your vet test it to see what to worm for as you could worm all day long and have nothing wrong because you would be worming for the wrong worms. But that's prettymuch impossible in your situation.
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        03-04-2013, 07:02 PM
    Yeah, fecal sample/testing not really an option with the conditions.
        03-04-2013, 07:03 PM
    Chris, these are older horses it looks like, believe it or not, out on large pastures, they build up an immunity to different types of worms, esp. Roundworms. Worming those horses wouldn't hurt them a bit.
        03-04-2013, 07:05 PM
    The youngest is 4 years old. The Arabian/QH, Kid, (the really wormy one) is 8, Red (QH) is 7, and Coyote is 13. I think I have the proper ages for Red and Kid, either that or Red is 8 and Kid is 9.
        03-04-2013, 07:09 PM
    Yup, anything over 3 is probably over the roundworm infestation. Those are the ones that really get big. I wormed a yearling that had never been wormed & was kept in a smallish pasture with other mares & foals. I would say 15% of her manure was filled with roundworms, a few as long as 8 inches. Yes, I measured! Usually only young & old horses get roundworms, as their immune system is not optimal.
        03-04-2013, 07:10 PM
    That's... lovely...
        03-04-2013, 07:12 PM
    Your horses look good but you really need to provide water that's free and vital to their well being. Worming and dental work is important also so is getting regular hoof care. I have three horses they go through a 100 gallon water trough every two days. Eating snow for water just doesnt cut it.
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