what happens if u dont worm ur horse read on.. thxs

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    11-23-2007, 02:24 PM
Green Broke
what happens if u dont worm ur horse read on.. thxs

Ok what happens if you don't worm ur horse at all or or on time ...

Its just a question I mean do they absalutly need worming or can they just get it when they really need it ..

I just bought my horse he's 12 yr old qh gelding and I don't know when the last time he's been dewormed or if he has ever been wormed

please put ur replys in words that a15 yr old can understand lol!

Thanks so much you guys
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    11-23-2007, 02:46 PM
Sorry it gets so technical I get confused by it too so don't feel bad. You really do need to worm your horse though. This time of year I would get an ivermectin paste or there is some stuff called Iver ease that is just a pellet and easy to give. Its pretty common and most pet/horse supply places have it. If he/she had any bot fly eggs on him this fall than he will have eatten the eggs and have the larvae in his system. They can do all sorts of damage and really affect the health of your horse. Good luck and hope this helps.

Here is a link that has a pretty simple explaination:
    11-23-2007, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
What are bot eggs anyways???? Are they the things that are on the inside side of the leg lmao wow that didnt make since

Whoa how did you become a monitor??
    11-23-2007, 03:50 PM
Green Broke
    11-23-2007, 05:54 PM
Horses can and do often go without proper deworming, however you increase the risk of colic, decrease their digestive efficiency (they get less nutritional value from their food due to damage to the GI tract), increase the strain on the immune system, and increase the risk of diseases associated with the migration of larval stages of parasites through the body--arteries, lungs, etc.

Therefore deworming at appropriate intervals and with appropriate drugs should be performed. And along with deworming, picking feces out of pastures every couple of days will help reduce the parasite load on pastures and thus the infection rate in your horse.
    11-24-2007, 10:25 AM
Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
what are bot eggs anyways???? Are they the things that are on the inside side of the leg lmao wow that didnt make since

Whoa how did you become a monitor??
Yes, the bot eggs are the little yellow/white things that attach to the horses hair, usually around the legs. The horse will scratch with its teeth and end up swallowing them. Then they grow in the digestive tract. That's why you want to wait till after a freeze when all the flys are dead to treat. Otherwise they just get more.

I have been moderating for awhile, just didn't have it by my name yet. I guess its because I spend WAY to much time on the Horse Forum :)
    11-24-2007, 10:27 AM
Also, if they have worms their stomach will get all wierd looking, and they'll have trouble putting on weight.
    11-24-2007, 11:14 AM
You should really go check out The Horse Magazine's 12 part series on parasites and deworming. It's free for viewing online or download. Each article is on a different parasite or a different part of the deworming strategy.

Here is a link to the their PDF page where you can get to all 12 articles from:

Bot flies as part of their life cycle burrow into the gums and tongue of the horse and cause painful sores. After going through their changes in the mouth, they migrate to the stomach where they attach to the lining with mouth hooks and cause inflammation. As they mature they then pass out in the feces where they grow into the flies which lay the yellow eggs on the hairs of your horse's legs.
    11-24-2007, 01:08 PM
Thanks Ryle, I didn't know they got in the gums and tongue
    11-24-2007, 01:50 PM
Makes you cringe just to think about, huhg??

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