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post #1 of 10 Old 02-13-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it so hard to de-worm? Rescues.

If I could ask the owners of every horse we've rescued one question it would be this. Why is it so incredibly hard to de-worm a horse? Even at the very bare minimum of lets say, twice yearly with a Ivermectrin, the horse wouldn't be so infested and this would cost about $12 per year. Or better yet, water is free but still there seems to be a trend leading me to believe that for some people it is hard to get water from a faucet and into a horse...
Meet my two project kids, Flash and Ceres. Flash is believed to be a ten year old spotted saddle horse. He of the two is doing well, mostly he is just leery of people and not real impressed with life at the moment. (Of course thin and wormy also) Ceres was suppose to be a Quarter Horse and is supposedly three years old. The poor dear is dehydrated (they had snow for water), stunted, club footed, has rain rot and fungus, is thin and loaded with worms. She is so sad and withdrawn, but both should make a reasonably easy turn around and be happy, healthy, loving horses soon.







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post #2 of 10 Old 02-13-2012, 03:37 PM
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OMG I just want to hug Ceres! The look on his face when it's up against Flash's chest is absolutely heart wrenching!
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Poor things.

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and how about taking the halter off the babies before they grow up ?
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I hear you. Had babies I fought a year with to get rid of worms, and a 23 year old mare who had slipper feet and an embedded halter. Miss that old gal.
Good on ya for taking these guys in!

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poor things. Glad there in a good place now.<3 wish them the best of luck. I like ceres, if only because we share the same birth defect (though obviously diffrent for humans then horses)

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awe poor little horses
The sure need a whole lot of loving and care

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Well, that's a given Joe. Don't you know that all horses must wear tightly attached handles? Ceres had a very tight halter and her nose looks similar to what you've posted. (Not quite so high, the horse you posted must have grown with a foal halter!) I extracted the old one and put a much looser halter on her. Flash's halter was actually broke and just hanging around his neck for the past year. My horses never wear halters out in the pasture, except for the occasional newbie such as these guys. Since they are harder to catch and currently requiring medical care daily, they had to wear halters for a bit.


She is getting a lot of hugs. She is one sad little filly :(
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Yeh that's what I meant, putting them on as babys then lettign the horse grow bigger and ending up with embedded halter.
The walker in the background likes "Cant catch me games, so wears one most of the time, but it fits him and gets changed out and messed with all the time.
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Awww, poor guys! I'm so happy you got them and they will get the care and love they deserve.

I had a friend that rescued a 10 year old mare who had a yearling size halter left on her until the day they got her... it was so badly embedded they had to sedate her and have the vet surgically remove it... Here is a pictures of her after she healed, sry I don't have any pictures from when it first happened. This photo is very old and poor quality but she does have a good scar across her nose still, you can't really see the other scars unless you look very close.

I really don't understand how people can just let this happen to a horse... they were using this mare and a brood mare and selling all her foal so I guess they just wanted to make money and didn't care about her at all... She was also very skiny and wormy when she first arrived as well.
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