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post #1 of 45 Old 12-16-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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My mare is hard to worm. She holds her head high and refuses to take it. We have tried everything. We put it on a bit of bread, nope. We mixed the bread with the worming paste on it in a little blucket of cut up apples and carrots, nope. She ate all the carrot and apple and ate around the bread with the worming paste. I eventually get her to take it but I need a better way for her to take it. We have tried worming pellets but they don't work. Would it be worth getting a worming bridle?

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post #2 of 45 Old 12-16-2010, 06:22 PM
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mix the worming paste with honey and then into her feed.

Or mix with black treacle and hot water then mix with her feed.

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post #3 of 45 Old 12-16-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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ok but instead of treacle, would molasses work? And by doing this, would it take the effect of the wormer away?

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molasses would work just as well.
If you put the correct amount of wormer in a bowl or a jug and then add treacle, boiling water and stir untill it is one liquid. Let it cool for a while and use all of it to mix her feed (or to soak sugarbeet) with then she will get the correct dose and not know she is getting it!

Alternatively you could try the panacur apple flavoured wormers

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Just posting so I can subscribe to the thread lol... I have the same problem with bubbles... The wormer ends up all over her face/cover/halter etc etc and I'm very nearly hanging on around her neck while she's rearing and spinning, trying to shove the tube down her throat, she gives you one split second chance and if you don't get it then, you aint getting it at all. Lol.
Whereas it's more of a fight with the miniature to get the tube OUT of her mouth. - God help me when it comes to worming time of my 7yo 16.1hh gelding.

Bubbles loves gumnuts, so if she wants them bad enough she will eat the wormer that covers them, but for a while we had my farrier do it for me... He is a take no crap kinda guy.

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That's just a gadget not a cure. Now that she's been wormed start over with a empty syringe. First start off by rubbing your hands all over her nose and mouth. Even putting a finger in her mouth. If she fights this, you can't move on. Do not stop rubbing until she stops moving around. The slightest stop, you stop. Don't go to the syringe until you master touching.

Do the same rubbing with the syringe. Inserting the syringe slightly and moving it about. Do that until she let's you without moving.
You can fill the syringe with applesauce for the next step of actually plunging it in her mouth. Don't let her head go until she's relaxed then do it again. I would do this as much as you can until she isn't resisting the syringe anymore. Good luck
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That's just a gadget not a cure. Now that she's been wormed start over with a empty syringe. First start off by rubbing your hands all over her nose and mouth. Even putting a finger in her mouth. If she fights this, you can't move on. Do not stop rubbing until she stops moving around. The slightest stop, you stop. Don't go to the syringe until you master touching.

Do the same rubbing with the syringe. Inserting the syringe slightly and moving it about. Do that until she let's you without moving.
You can fill the syringe with applesauce for the next step of actually plunging it in her mouth. Don't let her head go until she's relaxed then do it again. I would do this as much as you can until she isn't resisting the syringe anymore. Good luck
I've tried that with bubbles, she's fine until she see's the syringe then all hell breaks loose and you just don't get the syringe anywhere near her mouth without one big massive fight. She just suddenly explodes.
Worked on it for a few months every second or 3rd day and just nope. No way in hell was I allowed anywhere near her with a syringe in her mind. So I gave up and asked lovely mr farrier if he would like to have a go, and luckily for me he did... But I've moved on to doing it myself and she's stopped fighting *as much* now she realises I take no crap and it IS getting done.

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That's just a gadget not a cure. Now that she's been wormed start over with a empty syringe. First start off by rubbing your hands all over her nose and mouth. Even putting a finger in her mouth. If she fights this, you can't move on. Do not stop rubbing until she stops moving around. The slightest stop, you stop. Don't go to the syringe until you master touching.

Do the same rubbing with the syringe. Inserting the syringe slightly and moving it about. Do that until she let's you without moving.
You can fill the syringe with applesauce for the next step of actually plunging it in her mouth. Don't let her head go until she's relaxed then do it again. I would do this as much as you can until she isn't resisting the syringe anymore. Good luck
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Didnt work for me. Reeco is quite happy to let me touch his face, mouth etc, infact will let me do as I please with the clippers round his face. He is happy to let me stick my whole hand in his mouth if I feel the need to. I can put syringes of oxyshot in him no problem, wormer not a chance! He knows the difference.

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I don't know about you guys but here in Maryland the vets recommend getting them checked for worms twice a year. And only worming them if they have a parasite. Because the horses are becoming immune to the wormers because of over use.
But I understand if your horses do have worms then worming would be a problem. :)
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post #10 of 45 Old 12-16-2010, 06:54 PM
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Ok, try this. Faye you can get a clippers close to him. Use the syringe as part of your grooming. Take it with you and use it to scratch their neck or wherever they feel comfortable. I guess if that doesn't work, I'm not sure what to tell ya.
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