My miniatures have big bellies. However, while I was deworming them on saturday, I realized that while they have a big belly, I can feel there ribs quite easily. I can't see them but I can feel them. So, why do they look fat, if I can feel their ribs? Is it a "hay belly"? If so, what does that mean? What should I do to get them back to a healthy weight? I am only down there for an hour or two every week or so right now, but I am moving in August/September so then I will have them at my house.
Thank you very much in advance!
The one who is the worst is..i think 7 or 8 and Misty is 3, she isnt as bad. They get free choice hay and they are in a small pasture that is pretty much just a dry lot. I don't have any pics on my computer but I will be sure to get some next time I go down!
I will talk to the vet about a fecal egg test, I need to schedual their spring vaccinations anyway :). Im not sure about the quality, we just grow it ourselves. I think we cut it in June/July and so it's from summer. We just give them round bales.
Thanks everyone! I will def try to get the fecal egg count done :) My usual worming rotation is February: oxybendazole, April: Ivermectin, June: Pyrantel, August: Fenbendazole, October: Ivermectin/praziquantel, December: Pyrantel.
Also, when you de-worm, keep them off of food (and if you can water) for at least 18 hours prior to the process. This will keep the horses bellies and intestinal tract empty enough so the de-wormer does its job as well as possible.