Should I worm my horse again when we move to the new barn?
This is probably a really dumb question...but I will throw it out there anyways
On Febuary 1st our barn is moving to a new place, I just wormed Oliver 2 weeks ago with a ganeric paste, Right now he gets turned out in a pasture that is loaded with horse poop and a HUGE manure pile that gorws my the day! 35 dirty stalls get dumped there everyday (oneof the reason why we are moving!) I have no clue who worms and when or anything like that of the other boarders.
Should I re worm him on the 1st when we get to the new barn?
The manure situation will be 100x better at this new place, as they will have their own paddocks for daily use and getting cleaned daily as well as the manure pile being a very good far distance from the barn :)
what are your thaughts?
No, don't worm your horse this soon, worming more than 8 weeks apart is not good for your horse, unless your vet says to do it due to worms or it is one of the weaker dewormers that is fine to do a double dose.
First of all, thank goodness your horse is being moved into a much cleaner barn/pasture situation!
I wouldn't worm him again so soon, but I would definatelysuggest that you make it a top priority to always know your horse's worming schedule! I know there is so much to keep on top of in horse ownership, and believe me, I had a lot to learn myself!
My vet had me bring in a sample of fresh manure to do a fecal egg count. Even though it cost $24.00, it was very well worth it!! He then was able to tell me the exact one to use, based on the test - therefore, no guessing games or "hit and miss" with all the brands out there.
My horse was only boarded for a short time before I brought her home, so I've always done it myself - even when she was boarded. There should be no reason why you can't do it if you want to. That way you'll know, (I write everything down with dates given in a binder), and as his owner, you'll know what to report to the Vet if there should (heaven forbid!) be an illness or problem.
I've always had a good peace of mind being on top of things like this, as well as all of her other regular checks. Best of luck in your new stable! :)
Thank you both very much!
Northernstar, I was just thinking of starting a jurnal of allof his health/board/vet/farrier information and log when/what/why/how all happens. I only have 5 months to catch up on and i have tons of recpeits to look back on to be correct on dates....as it turns out Oliver again might be sick and willl waitto see if the vet is needed again. slightly stressed here lol
But really thank you!
Good for you to have all your receipts saved! I bought an inexpensive binder immediately when I became her owner, and it's so easy to jot down farrier, worming, teeth, etc. and I always have it handy. So far so good, as she's never had any problems to call the Vet for, but if that should ever happen I feel good knowing I have everything ready. So very sorry that Oliver is sick - I hope it's not serious :( Is it digestive problems?
So he had pneumonia the end of Nov. and all of Dec. He was put on antibiotics and a huge shot of penicilin. The anti biotics lasted 2 full weeks, gave him an axtra week to just let his body settle. then started working him slowly again. Only have had 2 lessons as of this last friday. I was just in class and got two class one from the other student saying he is showing all the symptoms of being sick with pnumonia again! My trainer texted me saying she was going right then to get two things that should hyelp him feel better and to kick this before we need to call the vet! Now im all worried about my little guy all over again!
I hope everything goes well for him! It sounds like you have a lot of caring people there that are watching out for him, and that's awesome. Big hugs and prayers for Oliver - let us know how he's doing! :)
I will for sure thank you! we are going to be giving him Dyna Pro to help his PH levels and EsterC all this week and if he hasnt kicked it in the butt by then Ill be calling the vet out...hopefullythis works
Definately worm your horse as soon as you arrive and keep him boxed or in a yard for at least three days while he is passing the worms.
As he is on seriously suspect grazing it is a considerate behaviour to worm him and protect his new friends. It certainly won't hurt him at all.
When I get a new horse on the property it is wormed weekly for three weeks with a broad spectrum wormer - this is to ensure that the horse is completely free of worms and protects my horses and grazing.
I moved my horses a year ago from a pasture that had not had horses grazing on it for decades - with in a year they were worm free and so only wormed in autumn for bots and tapes and again in spring to be sure the tapes were kept under control. When we moved to the new grazing it had been very overgrazed and my filly went downhill really fast - she had no immunity to the parasites and I've had to worm her 8 weekly to help her system cope with the worms.
Agree with Tnavas. If I was running my own yard, it would be compulsory for all horses to be wormed, and proof of injections to be shown when it turned up. One yard I was at had a two week quarentine process as well- not always effective when moving big groups.
I had to worm when I turned up on the yard with Duffy, and get her jabs sorted.
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