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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Skinny new horse - appropriate wormer?

This is my new horse, Nikki.

I saw her being ridden at the Equestrian Special Olympics in Minnesota yesterday and I managed to get ahold of the owner, who offered to sell her to me as soon as I expressed an interest, because she knew the sale would include a full retirement into a heated barn for Nikki.

I have some experience in rehabilitating rescued horses as well as helping older horses and hard keepers gain weight, but this will be a step up for me. However, I'm sure I can make Nikki healthier and more comfortable than she is.

I know that ALOT needs to be done... Teeth, chiro, mystery ailment in her ear, x-rays on her fetlock, worming... And of course, some serious weight gain. I already have several supplements in mind, and I'll discuss those with my vet.

One thing I am really not sure about:
I was told to make sure to use a really mild wormer for the first couple times, but I wasn't told WHICH wormer to use, and I don't know if she's been wormed regularily. Any suggestions in that department?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 05:49 PM
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Did some really fast research for you.I would recommend safegaurd. Deworm her now and then in another 10 days and then put her on a regular schedule like you would any horse. Ofcourse remember it would be a smaller dose because she weighs less.

Here's another forum with the same question but it's answered already:

Daily or Monthly wormer 4 skinny horse??? - Horsetopia Forum
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much! :) I'll do that!
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 06:56 PM
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How old is she?
Ivermectin first week, Zimectrin 2nd week, panacur 3rd wk and another shot of ivermectin the 4th wk.
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How old is she?
Ivermectin first week, Zimectrin 2nd week, panacur 3rd wk and another shot of ivermectin the 4th wk.
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that's quite a bit of deworming IMO

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Yep it sure is but when I brought my filly home from another state she was super skinny and this is what a breeder recommended I do. So I did and she has since poo'd out round worms and bot fly larva. Has gained close to 100lbs within a month. I will be honest. I was worried about the same thing but she handled it fine and I skipped the 4th week and made it another two weeks after that when I did the last worming. I'm not saying the OP has to do this with this horse, but this is what worked for me and my filly. She's shed out now and a fatty. So that's my experience.
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I used Pancur Power pac when I bought a really skinny, malnourished, prego mare. That was my vets recommendation, but she was also preggers.

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-26-2011, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, all. I sometimes forget about this site when I'm on the other one.

I'm going to go with the safeguard because I know that I can get it at my feed store. The day after the second deworming, I'm going to give her a dose of bene-bac or something to get her gut working, and then she'll be on daily probios for the rest of her life. I don't think I'd want to deworm her too much in her condition because I don't think her stomach could handle all the harsh chemicals, or that's what I was told to look out for.

Thanks, everyone. :)
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-26-2011, 04:20 PM
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Besides stomach irritation the main worry is a large, quick worm kill. Bots attach to the stomach & killing them off too fast can leave bleeding wounds where they used to be. Large masses of dead worms can cause an impaction too. I'd be very careful.

I am shocked that the mare was being used at all. Thank you for saving her. She looks sweet.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-26-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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I was shocked too. Aside from being so thin, she has several other problems. Just the huge bony growths on her fetlock combined with the enlarged vertebrae above her kidneys would be enough to keep me off her back, even if she was in perfect condition.

She is incredibly calm, but she has 'that look' to her, as though she isn't really registering anything going on around her. I suspect she may be in a deal of pain. I can't wait for her to get here so my vet can look her over. :(
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