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post #1 of 8 Old 07-11-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Shoeing and Worming

Hi Everybody,
I just bought my first horse, but I have been leasing for 4 or 5 years before now. I have never needed to worry about a shoeing schedule or worming, so I need some help!

My horse has 4 shoes and is due for farrier in a few weeks. Do the shoes get replaced every time the farrier comes? If not, how often should my horse get new shoes?

As goes for de-worming, is this something I must have a vet do? Do I choose what to de-worm him with?

I am not new to horses, but I am only 15 and these are just a few things that I have never had to deal with! Any information would be greatly appreciated :).
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-11-2011, 11:22 PM
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In very rare cases, a farrier may decide to re-shoe with the old shoes....but in most cases they get new shoes, every 4-6 weeks.

Also, you do worming yourself. Consult with your vet as to what types of worms are common in your area and what your schedule should look like....the common practice now (to avoid worms becoming resistant to the dewormers) is having a fecal egg count done before worming. Basically you bring the vet a ball of poop, he sticks a sample under the microscope and there's some complicated math that determines what the horses load count is....basically how wormy they are. From there, your vet will tell you what you should worm with, and then three weeks later you bring in another sample to make sure it was effective. After a few times of doing this, you may not have to worm but once or twice a year, although to start out you usually do it at the start of every season.

Yes, thats all expensive. Buut, its a whole lot cheaper than feeding the horse!
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I'd suggest to do some search about deworming. There are bunch of really good discussions on this forum you may find very helpful and informative. I do fecal count once/year (you can either ask your vet to do it or send the poop to the lab). If it comes negative I deworm them 3 times/year (at least once with something that takes care of tape worms like Equimax or Zimmektin Gold (I hope I spelled it correctly! )).

As for shoeing I'm not an expert unfortunately. I think you have to re-shoe every 4 to 6 weeks. Because you still have to trim a horse under the shoe (as well as when its barefoot). If you horse has really good feet you may consider going barefoot (if your farrier will also think it's reasonable). That will save you bunch of money, and IMHO generally is healthier (although some horses can't go without shoes, so you have to keep them on).

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Thank you guys so much! This is all really helpful, now I at least have a general idea of what to do :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 12:28 PM
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Yes, deworming has changed quite a bit over the last years. Do consult with your vet about what is being recommended for your area.

My vet has us doing fecal counts 2x per year on the non/low shedders and deworming 2x per year (spring and fall).

Fecal tests really do not cost any more than you would be paying to deworm every six weeks like was the norm before.

Shoes - it depends on the horse, the ground the horse is used on and the type of shoes the horse is wearing.

A horse wearing steel shoes that is always on grass and soft (non-abrasive) footing can easily get reset with the same shoes. A horse wearing aluminum that is ridden in abrasive sand and his turn out is a dry dirt lot will most likely need new shoes every trim.
To reset or replace the shoes is always something I leave to my farrier.

I have found that if your farrier actually charges more for new shoes vs. a reset the price difference is not that much.

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Thanks so much! He is on fairly soft ground and I'm not sure if his shoes are steel or aluminum. I'll figure it out. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 05:58 PM
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Replacing shoes depends on how quickly they wear down. I usually have a reset in between a new set. I've noticed my farrier only charges me $5.00/new shoe. So my resets are $100 and a new set is $120. He's fair and I think it helps i've known him forever, even before he was a farrier, in fact, i was one of his very first clients going back 15 years or so.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-12-2011, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Hopefully things might be that cheap for my farrier as well!
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