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post #1 of 8 Old 04-04-2010, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Riding after de-worming?

Hey, I was gonna go ride my horse around after work cause it's gorgeous out.

But my mom told me that I can only do light trot work and no cantering because we de-wormed him yesterday. Is this true?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-04-2010, 10:56 AM
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Im not an expert, and mayby Im doing it wrong, but I always ride my horse like normal, and nothig has happened to him. I have only owned a horse for a few years but nobody has ever told me differently. I cant see it hurting them, but You may want to get other peoples opinions though.

Try reading the dewrmer box, mayby it will give you fuller instructions?
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-04-2010, 11:21 AM
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If its hot out its not good to ride them same day as worming...something about over heating and wormer causing colic or the sense...i dont really remember...but ive always just heard that its bad on the same day as worming and only if its hot enough to make them sweat while riding.

By the day after the wormer has just about been digested so it shouldnt matter if you ride him today. plus its only spring. It will be hot enough for a horse to sweat but not to over heat.

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Ride him. Don't waste the day.
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So I can go cantering through the meadows? :]
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Some horses get a little colicky after worming so maybe take it easy on him. You should ride for sure but warm him up well and stick to short canters. If you have a very regular worming routine (which should include fecal counts!) there shouldn't be a risk for impaction.

Enjoy the day!
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-04-2010, 11:59 AM
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I have never considered de-worming in my riding schedule, but I always give it at feeding time and I never ride right before or after feeding. Certainly a day later is not an issue. With a horse that has any health issues, I would reconsider; if all is normal and healthy -- go!
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-04-2010, 12:09 PM
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I wouldn't see any reason not to ride as normal, unless of course you are afraid that your horse has a large amount of worms. In that case though you may already have problems coming.

"Horses donít have hard mouths, they have hard, stiff bodies. The softer you can get the horse through his body, the softer he will be in your hands." Clinton Anderson

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