Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
About 2 weeks of treatment there is a "die off" period when they do get worse like your vet said. As to how quickly they get better really depends on your horse, how quickly you caught it, and other random factors that are out of our control. You may kill off all the protozoa but it still may take time for her to compensate for the changes in her body.
Now Toby got better, then at week two of treatment he got worse for a couple days and then got showed noticeable improvement after that. However, it was 8 months before I was comfortable enough to get on him again. I did a lot of in-hand walking. Started off slowly on a flat surface, then started adding in inclines and declines, then steeper ditches and then items to step over like poles and branches and slowly worked up as he showed he could handle it. I really didn't want to work him too hard to fast so we took it nice and slow and it worked for us. Others have other theories in getting them into harder work faster - but personally I prefer nice and slow and keep stress low.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!