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Saddlebag 03-19-2011 09:53 PM

deworming the difficult horse
Mine is a real pro at avoiding being dewormed. Bridling him and slipping the dewormer in before the bit was all the way in worked 3 times then he got wise to that. I didn't want to make him difficult to bridle so quit that technique. Adding it to his pellets resulted in him not touching them. What has been working is alfalfa cubes for which he's greedy. I break them down into thin slices, dab some dewormer on, add another slice (a dewormer sandwich) and down it goes and he's looking for more. I'm careful to use just a little paste with each so it takes 5 or 6 sandwiches to get it all in.

HollyBubbles 03-22-2011 05:13 AM

ugh not another one don't you hate that :lol:
bubbles is like that i'm just lucky she's a greedy pig and will eat it with her chaff and gumnuts.. Provided she hasn't been fed those for a few days. She doesn't actually realise what's happening until she gets halfway through the bucket and i'm standing there grinning triumphantly(sp?) then I get the "oh you dirty cow!" look and i'm hated for the rest of the week.

She used to take it in honey sandwiches but as soon as I bought her she got wise to it and would literally throw the sandwich at me. So I actually ended up getting my farrier to worm her for a while because he's a man and i'm not, plus he is used to dealing with horses worse than her.

mbender 03-22-2011 05:51 AM

Here's what to do: first off, Don't use your bridle to worm the horse. It will only cause another issue,, bridling. Ok? Before her next worming, get an empty tube at a local tack or farm store. They have empty syringes. Everytime you are with her, rub her mouth. She probably will resist but Don't stop rubbing till she calms down a little. Then quit. Then repeat until she calms and stop. Repeat as much as you want until she accepts your hands all over her mouth.

Then the next day do it again until she calms and slip your fingers in the corner of her mouth. Like it is an oooops. But its not. Continue the rubbing and keep slipping your fingers in the corner of her mouth until she accepts that. The next day the same all over and now stick your fingers further in. Keep repeating until she accepts that. Next day, same thing but now introduce the syringe and use that as just a part of your hand. Rubbing with it and gently poking it in the corner of her mouth. Do this everyday until you are able to get it in her mouth.

Now when you are ready to get it in her mouth, fill it with either sugar water or applesauce. Anything sweet. Put it in her mouth then squirt a little. Let her get a taste and do it again. Then maybe do this twice a week. I hope it works. Be patient, and don't stop rubbing and all until she calms. Good luck
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ptvintage 03-22-2011 07:42 AM

What mbender said was nearly exactly what I was going to suggest. I had to do the same for one of my old horses, and it worked like a charm. After I did that, if she saw me with a dewormer tube, she'd run up because she thought she was going to get a sweet treat.

gypsygirl 03-22-2011 07:48 AM

the applesauce idea does work well.

i usually just hold the tube up to their mouth until they relax, even if i have to follow them around their stall. i hold the halter and the tube with the same hand and pet them with the other when they relax. i just do that over and over until i can get the tube in.

Gizmo 03-22-2011 09:26 AM

Gizmo is awful! I have tried everything! The only thing that really works is just to man handle him and be really quick. The first time I did it I was so quick that he didn't even know what happen. But what I do is put his halter and lead on and the wrap his lead really over the fence and keep a hold on the loose end. If he starts to pull away pull up the slack more. Then I am just super quick and get him before his can pull up his head really high or quickly on me.

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