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post #1 of 26 Old 07-24-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Worming with Diatomaceous Earth?

I guess the question is in the title. Chemical dewormers horrify me, after having seen a colt killed by dewormer improperly given, and numerous horses develop serious digestive problems because of them I am weary of using any.

I have read a bit on Diatomaceous earth and the rescue I work at swears by it (but doesn't always do things by the book or how they're supposed to be done). So my questions are, do you or anyone you know use it? Is it effective for your horses? How much do you give your horses and how often?

I would of course run this by my vet before doing anything, but I want to know whether it's worth the consultation phone call honestly :P
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post #2 of 26 Old 07-24-2012, 10:33 PM
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why not do a fecal count see if they even have worms. If so go with the earth stuff for 6 months and do another fecal count.

Anything else anyone says including what your rescue says is meaningless. If they arnt doing fecal count tests then they are full of fecal themselves.
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haha xD I have done a fecal my vet says 'they're at a safe level for everything right now' but still suggests I use one of their numerous expensive drugs. Which is why I'm not really worried, just curious about other's experiences.
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I would be scared NOT to deworm once in a while. I've never had a horse have a reaction to paste dewormer. I even accidentally gave my colt 1 1/2 tubes of ivermectin when he was about 8 months old (the weight dial ring slipped) and he was absolutely fine.

So I guess I'm not much help. I have used diatomaceous earth around the house and garage for bugs, but never fed it. I do think it is supposed to be a safe feed additive, but who knows. I mean, I would kind of worry it is a calcium type substance and could cause entroliths in their intestines, but that is probably just me being a worrier. I really have no idea.

I do know there is a feed grade and a non-feed grade diatomaceous earth. Make sure you get the feed grade.
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.........after having seen a colt killed by dewormer improperly given..........
If you don't mind me asking, what kind of dewormer was that and how was it improperly given? The wrong dosage or ???

I would rather not have that experience!
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post #6 of 26 Old 07-25-2012, 12:05 AM
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Never heard of this earth stuff...more info??
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Never heard of this earth stuff...more info??
I Googled it and was going to post you a link but there are so many of them to choose from. Try Googling it for more info than you ever wanted to know.

In a nutshell, it is a flour-like substance made from diatoms that is supposed to damage the outer skeleton of insects and worms, killing them but without harming larger animals.
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Subbing...curious about what the answer will be to Trailhorserider's question.
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a generic tube of iverrmectin is like 2 bucks, a few times a year ? Not exactly what I would call a super expensive drug.
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post #10 of 26 Old 07-25-2012, 01:48 AM
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Even with the stuff I get at $15-22 a tube dosing every 2 mths I don't notice the cost. Probably the cheapest part of keeping a horse lol. Have never had a bad worming experience either...
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