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post #1 of 6 Old 06-25-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another ?? Foal worming

I am having the vet out to have vaccinations but probably not until August. I know that I should worm the baby but am not sure how, how much or when or what kind.. She was 3 months on the 22nd. I am not sure how much she weighs and am not sure that I could tape her to get an accurate weight. She has a halter on but has only been led once. How do I give her the wormer? paste mixed with feed and applesauce or something. I don't want to wait until august and have her get wormy.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-27-2009, 10:37 AM
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I'm glad you asked. My mare will be foaling in about a month and it's a first for both of us and I was wondering the same question. I will check to this post later and see what your answer is....
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They have special wormer that you can buy for foals. Get one of the tubes, and do it quickly and as far back as you can get it squirt it into her mouth. You can usually roughly tell how much she weighs, that's what I do with my horses. When she gets old enough to eat forage and grain you can get pellet wormer that you mix in with her food.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-28-2009, 06:48 AM
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Our foals are de wormed the first time at 30 days with safeguard or panacur. Then every 30 days with ivermectin etc rotated. Foals need to be dewormed more because they are closer to the ground and pick up parasites much quicker then adult horses.

Safeguard or panacur have a very high safety margin so you really cant hurt them. Its best to go a bit over then under as under will leave parasites.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-28-2009, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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I wormed her Friday :) My vet never told us when to worm her for the first time and I got conflicting info on the net (suprise lol) so I just went ahead and did it. Actually everyone got wormed from cats-dogs-horses. I figure they all had them because the dogs tested + at the vet Thurs. They love to eat horse brownies bleck!
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You really shouldn't be just guessing weight on foals. It is to easy to underdose and end up building resistant parasites on your property (which is already a big big issue.) Foals should be started on a deworming program at about 2 weeks of age and dewormed regularly (many vets recommend monthly) until they are a year of age. This is because of their high susceptibility to parasites, especially ascarids which can do alot of damage and who's ova can remain in the environment for 10 years or more. Rotating dewormers with foals is very important due the incidence of parasite resistance to the different dewormers---ascarids may be resistant to ivermectin and pyrantel while strongyles may be resistant to pyrantel and fenbendazole. So rotating ivermectin and fenbendazole is a common recommendation.

You should contact your veterinarian to get specific recommendations for your area of the country as he may have specific information on the resistance issues there.

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