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post #1 of 16 Old 12-14-2009, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Wormy Horse?

So looking at my horse, I'm not sure if he is just obese from not being able to ride him and being fed a lunch because of the weather or if he is wormy. I have some pictures, but they're not with me right now. He gets rotational worming every 6 weeks, but he has a big gut on him right now.

Would you recommend getting a fecal test done first or should I just boost the worming as if he is wormy and if not, it won't be a big deal? I've heard that can cause issues, but I've also heard the opposite...what's your thoughts?

If I go the worming route, what plan do most of you guys use?
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-14-2009, 01:43 PM
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I assume your talking about a hay belly My weanling has the biggest belly Ive seen on a baby. He was even thought to have worms when we got him, so the vet gave us everything to treat him. He still looks the same. I've given him 3 regular wormer rotations since then. I am going to talk to my vet about it tonight, since hes coming out to do shots.

I use equimax for the first and last frost or early spring, pyrantel twice a year and something else twice (anthelicide i think). I talked to my vet about rotations and he told me as long as you rotate and use equimax/zimectrin gold at the start of winter you should be fine. I worm every other month without a problem.
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If this horse is over 1 year of age, it is highly unlikely that a big belly is due to parasite load. This is more commonly seen in immature horses who are still susceptible to ascarids which can get quite large and cause extremely heavy infestation. If this is an adult horse, you are likely deworming way more than necessary as well as deworming at inappropriate intervals with the drugs you are using. Please see my other posts on new recommendations for deworming.

In adult horses, obesity and pot-bellied appearance is more likely from simple overfeeding and underworking.

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Thanks guys. Yes, I was talking about a hay belly. Most of his body is fine--lacking in muscles, but he's got this big belly that looks like he's pregnant!
My vet and I set up his worming schedule when I was working over there...but knowing now what I do about her equine knowledge, I wouldn't be surprised if I should get a new schedule set up.

You're probably right. Under worked and Overfed is certainly him right now unfortunately. He's so easy to put weight on that the new lunches are probably just making him fatten up.

Ryle, I will check out your posts! Thanks :)
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It wouldnt hurt to get a fecal sample.
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You could tell if he was wormy, because if he was he would be scratching his Bum all the time? But it couldn't hurt to maybe get a fecal sample, to be on the good side, My pony has the hay belly, I just cut down on the feed, but we have a lot of grass so maybe put your horse in a littler paddock?
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You could tell if he was wormy, because if he was he would be scratching his Bum all the time? But it couldn't hurt to maybe get a fecal sample, to be on the good side, My pony has the hay belly, I just cut down on the feed, but we have a lot of grass so maybe put your horse in a littler paddock?
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I would get a fecal,they don't cost much and that way you know for sure what to worm for.
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A fecal sample isn't a bad idea. It definitely won't hurt anything.

If the horse was dewormed with an ivermectin or moxidectin dewormer after the temps dropped below 45 degrees then parasites are even more unlikely to be the problem as OP is in the season when they have the very lowest reinfection rates of the year due to environmental factors.

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Sometimes horses rub their tails and hind, sometimes they dont. But if I see a tail being rubed I always look at my wormer rotation and get a fecal first.
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The kinds of parasites that cause tail rubbing aren't likely to show up on a regular fecal examination. This is because the reason that they cause itching is that the female worm crawls out of the horse's anus to stick her eggs to the skin around the anus. She doesn't just shed her eggs in the GI tract like ascarids and strongyles which are diagnosed via fecal examinations.

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