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post #21 of 31 Old 11-08-2010, 09:48 PM
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It's not that your opinion is not wanted, I AGREE with you to an extent, it's just we heard you the first time. I'm sorry if I came off harsh, I certainly did not mean to.

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post #22 of 31 Old 11-08-2010, 11:41 PM
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Your opinion is wanted..opinions are good but I do agree that if you have a lot of horses it can become expensive to get them all tested for fecal. I might get her tested in spring and I might not...it doesn't mean you are a bad owner(not saying you said that just letting others know what i think). I bet that a lot of horse owners never have done a fecal...now if you got in a rescue I would get the horse tested. I wormed Gidget,Bambi,and autumn..I'm worming bambi and autumn one more time in a few weeks and I am calling it good untill the spring.
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post #23 of 31 Old 11-09-2010, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I think what the answer is, in a perfect world, where money and time are no issue, then fecal tests on a regular basis would be great. I think most people are telling me what they themselves have been doing and are successful so far with.

I appreciate this forum because there are so many things I am rusty on (grew up riding horses, but my parents took care of all the vetting and feed issues) and I want to be a good horse owner. That said, these (my minis) are not expensive show horses, horses being bred, or even horses with a "job." They are my pets that I am trying to give good care to, but also be reasonable and realistic with all the bells and whistles.

NewImage-That's what I heard...that is you accidentally give too much Quest, it can really be bad! It just kind of freaks me out, because even if given the proper dose, I worry it makes them feel bad and they have no way of telling us. I worry about that with a lot of vaccines and medicines.

Anyway, I am going to look into the rotation sets you guys mentioned, too. Thanks so much!
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post #24 of 31 Old 11-09-2010, 06:58 AM
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My vet does not suggest a fecal in place of every deworming. That would be cumbersome and expensive.

The theories on deworming are changing quite a bit from what has been the generally understood deworming program for the last few decades.

Per my vet there is an increased amount of resistance to dewormers (like the issue we (general we) are having with antibiotics). They are no longer suggesting we deworm willy nilly every six to eight weeks for things that we do not know are there.

The new system has you doing a fecal count four times the first year, then two or three times the second year, and if you have a low/no shedder you can go to one fecal count per year after that.

Since both my horses are none shedders and they are in a closed herd I only deworm 2x per year. This has actually saved me money in the long run. I also look at it this way, I do not want to contribute to dewormer resistence issues because treating a resistant worm infestation will cost a small fortune.

OP, you might want to check with your vet to see if they have instituted such a deworming program.

Another note - everything I have read (including the paper work from the vet) says that miniature horses should not be given moxidectin (which is the drug in Quest).

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Thank you, that makes a lot of sense.
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I was told NEVER to use Quest on my Mini's. The risk of death is just to high. I have even heard of some big horses being killed when using this product. Now, I am not flaming Quest, I'm just telling you what I have been told. Some people us this and have no problems, but, it does scare me with the minis
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post #27 of 31 Old 11-28-2010, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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absolutely...I keep hearing this over and over again. I don't think I would use Quest even on a big horse, after all the negatives I have heard. It is too easy to overdose and even if it did not *kill* a big horse...I dunno, can't be good for them if you give them a little too much.
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This was posted yesterday on FB by the Triple H Mini Horse Rescue. Thought I'd share..

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post #29 of 31 Old 12-16-2010, 01:37 PM
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You should be worming them on the same schedule you're worming the horses on. What you need to do however is find what their weights are. Most past dewormers have a lock mechanism on them allowing you to deworm them according to their weight, therefor a specific amount of paster. I used to be able to do 3 miniatures to one dewormer based on their weight.

On average mine were done 3 times a year and I did get a different brand of de-wormer every time.

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post #30 of 31 Old 12-16-2010, 01:42 PM
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Moxidectin shouldn't be used in minis, older horses, horses with compromised immune systems, or even young horses. It has a much lower poisonous dosage than the other chemicals used in dewormers, so it can be very dangerous for some animals. I never ever used it in my geriactric Cushings mare, but have used it with success in both Soda and Lily.
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