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    02-24-2012, 02:43 PM
Is it safe to keep them off water and food for that long?? I have never had that suggested to me even when I was deworming my horse who had worms :/ so just wondering. Also, OP you could try strategic deworming if it turns out your minis have worms, its to help prevent worms from becoming resistant to dewormers. Just ask your vet about it, theyd explain it better than I could :p good luck!!!
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    02-24-2012, 02:46 PM
Thanks Jumper! :)
    02-24-2012, 04:09 PM
Yes my friend that barrel races for a living (so not fair :P) took her horse to the vet because he seemed "off". He is on a regular de-worming schedule and even though he was, when the vet stuck a tube down there, his entire stomach was so full of bots that he couldn't get the tube all the way into his stomach. The vet then told her that whenever you worm a horse it should be done while the horse has an empty stomach. The horse can have water, but food is a no-no before worming.
This has happened to me as well, only I had to figure it out on my own. I thought my de-wormer wasn't working, but then I got to thinking. I work in a hospital so a generic knowledge of this is available to me, but I thought well sometimes things like this need to be done on an empty stomach so the antibiotic goes directly to the parasite, therefore killing it without the dilution.
    02-24-2012, 09:19 PM
I've never heard of fasting a horse for 18 hours just to deworm. I wouldn't do it. What would be the advantage of having nothing in the GI tract except dead & dying worms?
A heavily infested horse should be done slowly to avoid a high kill all at once.
    02-24-2012, 09:20 PM
Some wormers require fasting. Most do not. It is on the label.
    02-24-2012, 11:20 PM
Thanks guys, I will ask the vet :)
    02-24-2012, 11:22 PM
Iv never have heard of fasting a horse for 18 hours before worming. I never have done that and I don't have a worm problem with my horses. Plus I have one with gastric ulcers he's not suposed to be without forage to eat for long hours. So that wouldnt work for him plus I would never with hold forage for 18 hours way to long of time with nothing to eat. Just my thought on it take it for what its worth.
    02-24-2012, 11:48 PM
Last time I checked horses should not be without hay/grass for more then 4 hours to keep there digestive tracks healthy and moving correctly. Withholding food and/or water can (not saying it will) cause colic.
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    03-04-2012, 03:02 AM
This actually sounds to me like sub par hay with low protein and minimal nutrition. Minis do need to be managed so they don't get too fat or founder, but they still need quality nutrition and enough of it.

I would get them on a ration balancer to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition and protein.

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