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post #11 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 12:27 PM
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these don't look like starved horses, they look quite wormy or like there might be some digestive issue going on. I agree with all the above posters, have a vet out and they can help you suss out what is going on- why they all have big huge bellies and ribs that show. A vet call will be much cheaper than throwing unnecessary amounts of extra feed and grain, trying to fill them out. Good luck, please update us on their conditions!
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post #12 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 12:29 PM
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I'd put so much money on that horse having a nice big tummy full of worms. I would say A) get a vet out, soon. A good one too. Have blood and fecal tests done. And talk to them about the worming schedual. Alot of people are very uneduated on worming. At different times of the year, the worming needs to be different. If you just worm every now and again with the same wormer, you arn't tackling the right worms for that time of year. A good vet, if he finds worms, will put your mare on a heavy duty worming schedual, and have you put her on a special diet.

Another thing, is it sweet feed that they are getting 4 scoops of? That's A) way to much processed sugar for them and B) has no real weight gain value. The vet will probably put her on corn oil and a rice bran to bring up the fat content of her diet.

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post #13 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 12:55 PM
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They are all very thin :( they need some more concentrates in their diet and regular worming.

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post #14 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 01:31 PM
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I agree it looks like the entire herd is worm infested. They all look so dull and lifeless. I would be very concerned if my horse look like this. Sorry to be so blunt.
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post #15 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 02:43 PM
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I agree with everyone else. We had two older gelding at our barn, who were ribby, but had big hay bellies, and the vet told the owner to do the 5 day powerpac wormer, and lo and behold, within a few weeks, the bellies were going down, and the ribs were less prominant. Fortunately these guys were in a pasture all to themselves, so no other horses got infected, but when I see a horse that's ribby, but has a belly, either she's pregnant, or has worms. And it is true that different wormers are needed at different times of the year based on what types of worms are growing and reproducing at that particular time.
All the Thoroughbreds I've known and worked with have all been a little bit ribby, just cause that's what they are, but they don't have big bellies, and have good muscling. I would talk with a vet, and see what type of wormer you should be using right now, and ask the barn manager what she's been worming them with, and go from there. Keep in mind though, that if you need to change the wormer, because they've been getting the wrong stuff, ALL the horses need to be wormed, otherwise the infestation will just keep cycling, and the horses you wormed will end up getting worms again from those horses who weren't dewormed.
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post #16 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 03:14 PM
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ALL the horses need to be wormed, otherwise the infestation will just keep cycling, and the horses you wormed will end up getting worms again from those horses who weren't dewormed.
Yes, that's an important point, and a common problem at boarding facilities. All the horses need to be wormed on the same schedule at the same time. If they are all wormed at different times, then turned out together, they will all just keep reinfecting each other.


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post #17 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 03:42 PM
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If it where my horses there, I would have "alarms" going off in my head, and if things were not getting any better I would seriously think about moving to another barn


This is how I feel. I would also wonder why the BO isn't worried.
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I agree with everyone, those horses all look very wormy. The first thing you need to do is get your horses on a good deworming program because if you don't get rid of the parasites, you might as well throw your money away because you're feeding the worms, not the horses. They look rather malnourished because their coats are dull and they look a bit droopy. But that probably has a lot to do with the parasite problem.

My second question is where in the world is the BO??? Why has she not addressed the issue? If I was you, I would seriously consider moving your horses to another barn. Even if you worm your horses, they'll be a lot better off away from the horses that are still infested. And as for putting on weight, rice bran and beet pulp work really well.

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I agree. I'd be searching for a better place to keep my horse. If ALL the horses are like this.... I'm seriously worried about the treatment and well being of my horse.

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these don't look like starved horses, they look quite wormy or like there might be some digestive issue going on. I agree with all the above posters, have a vet out and they can help you suss out what is going on- why they all have big huge bellies and ribs that show. A vet call will be much cheaper than throwing unnecessary amounts of extra feed and grain, trying to fill them out. Good luck, please update us on their conditions!
I agree. The horses don't look like they don't get fed they have big bellies but if you can see ribs it can be a problem it just seems like they may have a worm problem though, but im sure if you get your local vet out and have them checked out and the vet telling you what to do you should be good to go.
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