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  • Colic due to diatomaceous earth
  • How can i worm my horse so he doesn't colic

 
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    06-22-2011, 12:23 AM
  #21
Weanling
Dear Mccylod,
The worming is super important and it's my understanding that a HUGE percentage of colic's are related to internal parasites. One things it's very important to understand is that even though your horse may have been wormed by the previous owner many folks don't understand that wormers must be switched in order to stay effective. The parasites become immune to the same wormer given over and over. Also if the former owner did not make sure that the horse got the complete dose and we all know how easy it is for them to pull their head up and spit part of the meds out, then again you have a heavy parasite load of worms that are immune to the wormer. Panacure is really good and i'm told it gets EVERYTHING if you dose for 5 days straight. Breaking the parasite circle is part of why you are supposed to rotate grazing areas for your horses which is not always possible depending on where you keep your horse but if you can it's a worthwhile strategy to help with the parasite load. Final thoughts is keep him/her parasite free and you'll probably be ahead of the problem. We feed out horses Datamatious (sp) earth in every feeding and we worm them too every two months, we rotate wormers and I have never had a horse that colic'd on me....I had a freind who raised race horses and he had one that would colic all the time once he started worming with the diatamaceous earth the horse never colic'd again and he has almost no horse flies or flies of any kind due to the fact that they can't lay eggs on the horse dung or they can lay eggs but the diat earth kills the fly larva.
     
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    06-22-2011, 11:23 PM
  #22
Foal
THanks for the advice. This is partly my trainers fault (i am not trying to push the blame off of myself though). The same thing had happened to one of her horses. THe previous owner said they wormed their horse so she didn't worm her when she bought her. And the horse got worms. I don't understand why she would make the same mistake again with my horse. She's one of those perfectionists who is like its my way or the highway. So I just went along with it. He had 1,550 eggs per mg when they did the worm test after his colic surgery. That is outrageous! In my opinion, you should ALWAYS worm your horse when you move to a new place. I blame myself for not speaking up about worming him when he moved but honestly it wasn't the first thing on my mind. I know that for now and always in the future, my horses will be wormed correctly and always be under protection. I know that it's a huge cause of colic and was no doubt a catalyst for his colic episode.
     
    06-22-2011, 11:24 PM
  #23
Foal
OH and I just did a Panacur treatment and I am going to do Quest. So he should be all good for now.
     
    06-23-2011, 10:12 PM
  #24
Foal
     
    06-24-2011, 12:40 AM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mccylod    
THanks for the advice. This is partly my trainers fault (i am not trying to push the blame off of myself though). The same thing had happened to one of her horses. THe previous owner said they wormed their horse so she didn't worm her when she bought her. And the horse got worms. I don't understand why she would make the same mistake again with my horse. She's one of those perfectionists who is like its my way or the highway. So I just went along with it. He had 1,550 eggs per mg when they did the worm test after his colic surgery. That is outrageous! In my opinion, you should ALWAYS worm your horse when you move to a new place. I blame myself for not speaking up about worming him when he moved but honestly it wasn't the first thing on my mind. I know that for now and always in the future, my horses will be wormed correctly and always be under protection. I know that it's a huge cause of colic and was no doubt a catalyst for his colic episode.
Yes the problem with wormers is that unless you have has a lot of experience or someone to teach you about parasites you would not know that even if you do worm a horse if he spits a little out (and what horse doesn't spit a little out?) then the wormer did not ddo it's job and in fact probably did more harm than good. I say that because if you give too little of a dose you don't kill the worms and they become resistant to the wormers. I'd love to suggest a great book to you, it's a little pricy but i've found it to be an invaluable resource in horse health. Its called "All Horse Systems go" and it's a vet manual for conditioning the modern sport horse written by a vet. It's awesome!!
Also you mentioned your trainer being an it's my way or the highway trainer. Your thoughts were right on, i'd think about looking around for a new trainer. You may be outrgrowing your old trainer, it happens.... time to move on possibly :) good luck whatever you decide.
     

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