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    01-10-2012, 07:44 AM
  #11
Trained
I would be hesitant to deworm so soon, you don't want to develop resistance. With my horses I deworm them twice a year and do fecal egg counts twice a year. Keep in mind that 50% of horses can control their parasite count with out the help of dewormers.
     
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    01-10-2012, 02:09 PM
  #12
Yearling
Lets bear in mind that this horse is coming from a pasture that is heavily covered in dung and has a manure heap stored in it!

This horse is highly likely to have a worm burden a few days after being wormed.

Resistance to wormers is more about insufficient dosing than the number of times the horse is wormed.

I will give you an example - I worked for a international level harness trainer - he wormed each horse every 8 weeks - BUT - he didn't do all the horses at the same time - he wormed them as their 8 weeks became due. The horses were turned out daily in pairs and not always in the same paddock - so you can understand that a horse that has just been wormed turned out with a horse that is due to be wormed and the paddock was grazed the day before by two horses close to their worming time - they were shedding parasites all day. The end result was seeing what two yearlings produced after being wormed - I was horrified - the dung just about climbed into the wheel barrow on its one. It was full of parasites. To ensure everyone is worm free they need to be wormed all on the same day, all with the same product and with sufficient amount that relates to their body weight.

My own Clydesdale came to me as a weanling straight off the hills and had never been wormed in her life - I wormed her with Parade an Ivomec/Praziquantal based wormer - I got dung that resembled spagetti and meatballs! She was yarded for three weeks and wormed weekly for three weeks.

OP having read your other post on your horses illness I would be inclined to discuss with your vet the possibility that your horse has a large infestation of round worm - they migrate through the throat and lungs and cause snotty nose and coughing.
     
    01-10-2012, 02:44 PM
  #13
Green Broke
A fecal is inexpensive and will tell if your horse needs to be de-wormed and which type of de-wormer to use.

I would be very hesitant to administer anything to a sick horse without talking to the Vet. Call the Vet, get a fecal done and proceed from there.
     
    01-10-2012, 02:49 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Right now I am not even concernd with worming with how downhill he has gone. I will ask my vet about the round worms. It looks more nad more like he could have Pleuropneumonia.
     
    01-10-2012, 04:14 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
Right now I am not even concernd with worming with how downhill he has gone. I will ask my vet about the round worms. It looks more nad more like he could have Pleuropneumonia.
Sending healing vibes your way - hope all goes well. (((HUGS)))
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    01-10-2012, 04:24 PM
  #16
Green Broke
So I have to be the annoying devil's advocate here, along with two others who actually can speak correctly.

You should DE-worm your horse. Not worm them.

Couldn't help it. Just a little pet peeve of mine. I especially hate it when the horse supply catalogs even list "wormers" at the top of the pages. You are not putting worms into your horse!!!!!

But I agree with everyone's advice on your barn moving situation, and your horse's health. A vet check is certainly the best way to go here.
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    01-10-2012, 06:19 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Thank you, my trainer wasn't able to get the estraC but got Hilton herbal immune booster
     
    01-10-2012, 06:52 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
So I have to be the annoying devil's advocate here, along with two others who actually can speak correctly.

You should DE-worm your horse. Not worm them.

Couldn't help it. Just a little pet peeve of mine. I especially hate it when the horse supply catalogs even list "wormers" at the top of the pages. You are not putting worms into your horse!!!!!
They are marketed as wormers not worms!

The standard term is 'worming' - an action whereby the horse is given a substance that dislodges and/or kills internal parasites. Has been refered to this as long as I can remember - which is a very long time!
     
    01-10-2012, 07:16 PM
  #19
Foal
Personally, I would worm him with a different type of wormer than you used last time, and I would do it 3 days before moving him. Then you can leave all the worms at the old barn, and he will be all cleaned out when he gets to the new barn. Different dewormers kill different types of worms, and it will not hurt them unless you are doing it all the time. I had a mare that I bought who had worms so badly that it caused an aortic aneurism and she had to be drenched with an entire tube of Safe Guard dewormer every day for a week to get rid of the worms (per the vet) and she was fine.
     
    01-10-2012, 07:20 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I,too am sooo glad about the barn moving situation! The barn where my horse was originally boarded when I became her owner had gone downhill terribly, complete with knee-high manure at the pasture gate, which made my blood boil!!!!! (unbeknownst to my mare's owners - work and school had them very busy in the last year), and shortly after becoming her owner I had her moved into an awesome stable much like where I'd worked in the past, then of course, home! :)
     

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