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post #1 of 32 Old 07-21-2011, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Natural De-wormer!?!?

I have heard that Dimatacious Earth can serve as a natural Dewormer but I would love to hear what you guys think about it! Do or have any of you used it? Like does it work for worming them and keeping flies away? Thanks!

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How would you put DE INTO the horse? Frankly I've never heard about it. I know DE is used for filters in pool...

I've heard about herb-based natural dewormers though (how effective they are is the whole other question).




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my new horse was being fed this. The old owner was ademate that its the best thing ever. As always, I do research. I could not find many people condoning it. I mean, the way i imagine it, its like crushing glass and swallowing it. If it's sharp enough to tear the parasites apart, it'll do the same for the stomach, esophagus. I asked my vet, and she said by no means would she suggest it. There is not enough research to show that feeding an everyday "dewormer" would be beneficial. Just like if you kill all the parasites, its bad for your horse.
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How would you put DE INTO the horse? Frankly I've never heard about it. I know DE is used for filters in pool...

I've heard about herb-based natural dewormers though (how effective they are is the whole other question).
Its fed with their food like a supplement.. or with alfalfa leaves etc.
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Its fed with their food like a supplement.. or with alfalfa leaves etc.
Wow! How interesting! As I said I never heard about it. I'd be quite hesitant to try though (without doing good research and talking to my vet). Actually something to ask my vet next time he'll come out.

I'd wonder about risk of colics. I know in sandy areas it's a good idea to clean them up. I'd think DE may be somewhat similar to the sand in this regard (I may be wrong of course).




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my new horse was being fed this. The old owner was ademate that its the best thing ever. As always, I do research. I could not find many people condoning it. I mean, the way i imagine it, its like crushing glass and swallowing it. If it's sharp enough to tear the parasites apart, it'll do the same for the stomach, esophagus. I asked my vet, and she said by no means would she suggest it. There is not enough research to show that feeding an everyday "dewormer" would be beneficial. Just like if you kill all the parasites, its bad for your horse.
Thats what I though too... Thank you!

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Wow! How interesting! As I said I never heard about it. I'd be quite hesitant to try though (without doing good research and talking to my vet). Actually something to ask my vet next time he'll come out.

I'd wonder about risk of colics. I know in sandy areas it's a good idea to clean them up. I'd think DE may be somewhat similar to the sand in this regard (I may be wrong of course).
Yes, I will do more research before trying this. But it is said to go through their bodies and of course, their manure will have DE in it, which causes the flies not to lay their eggs in it AND it eliminates odors... So it cuts down on flies... which we need!!!

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So does SmartPak bug off ;) Thats what I use.
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So it cuts down on flies... which we need!!!
I believe you can feed garlic or add vinegar to the drinking water (or grain) to cut on flies. Or just use the spray (that's what I do).




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There is someone on here that has run an extensive trial on it....let me go check and I'll see if I can get her to come here and post.

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