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post #11 of 79 Old 10-31-2012, 01:58 PM
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I'm not a fan of sweet feed, but I do believe it's better than All Stock. But, I think that's about the only thing going for it.

If you're interested, we could likely give you some suggestions for better feed- just need to know a little more about your horses (age, activity level, weight, height, whether they need to gain/lose weight, and any other feed they're currently getting)
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I'm not a fan of sweet feed, but I do believe it's better than All Stock. But, I think that's about the only thing going for it.

If you're interested, we could likely give you some suggestions for better feed- just need to know a little more about your horses (age, activity level, weight, height, whether they need to gain/lose weight, and any other feed they're currently getting)
Alright I will get some pics tonight and show you were they are at now and here we go with all the info. 3 horses. 1 is a 10 year old QH gelding,he is 15 hands weighs around 1000 pounds a solid horse could use a pound or two in my op. 2nd horse is a 14 hand Qh mare, she is around 900 pounds (guesses but should be close) she is in decent shape but could benefit from some more weight. 3rd is a Qh appy mix but she is for sale and will be leaving soon so not to concerned there. They are ridden around 3 times a week and very light work atm due to time. Currently they are receiving free choice round bale hay of bermuda/mix grass. And around 3 to 4 quarts of stock and stable 12% pelleted feed a day.
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Well, not having seen them, I'll stick my nose out and say judging by workload and hay 24/7, the SHOULD be at a normal weight.
What comes to mind now, have they been dewormed for tapeworm? Are the teeth okay?

All they should need on top of the hay is either a vitamin/mineral supplement or a ration balancer.
To gain a little I would add either alfalfa, beetpulp or ricebran.
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Well, not having seen them, I'll stick my nose out and say judging by workload and hay 24/7, the SHOULD be at a normal weight.
What comes to mind now, have they been dewormed for tapeworm? Are the teeth okay?

All they should need on top of the hay is either a vitamin/mineral supplement or a ration balancer.
To gain a little I would add either alfalfa, beetpulp or ricebran.
Wormed about every month(actually rewormed yesterday) I will post some pics tonight so everyone can evaluate their current state. I wont to do the best I can to maintain and keep them healthy
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I think we all realize that, otherwise you wouldn't ask us here

What dewormer do you use? Thinking that once a month isn't necessary. It should be done after a fecal test says what worms are present. I asked for tapeworm specifically, because they don't show up in the test and only certain dewormers get them.

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I think we all realize that, otherwise you wouldn't ask us here

What dewormer do you use? Thinking that once a month isn't necessary. It should be done after a fecal test says what worms are present. I asked for tapeworm specifically, because they don't show up in the test and only certain dewormers get them.

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I am using ivermectin, specific brand is FarnamŽ IverCareŽ Paste Equine Dewormer, 0.25 oz. - 5023493 | Tractor Supply Company
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Okay. Make the next one either Equimax or Zimecterin Plus. That gets the tapeworms too.
If you keep your drylot nice and clean, pretty soon you should need to deworm max twice a year.
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Okay. Make the next one either Equimax or Zimecterin Plus. That gets the tapeworms too.
If you keep your drylot nice and clean, pretty soon you should need to deworm max twice a year.
Oh I was always under the impression I had to deworm every month, heard that all my life.
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The latest recommendation is to do a fecal egg count (FEC) before worming to make sure you're using the correct type of deworming product to target the types of worms your horse has. It's very quick and inexpensive to do an FEC- you can usually take a sample in to your vet's office- no need for a farm call.

Tapeworms and encysted strongyles won't show up on a FEC, though, so you should also deworm with a product that kills them at least once a year. In addition to the ones deserthorse mentioned, Quest Plus also kills tapeworms. Only Quest, Quest Plus and Panacur PowerPac will kill encysted strongyles.

This year, I've done two FEC's on my horse and both came up clean, so he only got Ivermectin in the spring (along with all the horses at my barn) and will get Quest Plus after the first frost.
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It has cane molasses in it so I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.
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