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post #11 of 20 Old 01-28-2010, 01:30 AM
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what i do that works really well [my horses can both be given dewormer with no halter or anything on] is hold their lead rope in one hand but pretty short & the tube in the other. hold the tube up against the side of their mouth & keep it there until they hold still/calm down. once they are holding still you will be able to put it in their mouth. if might take a few tries & lots of patients, but it does work. i would also do a tube of applesauce frequently for awhile so he learns that it doesnt always taste nasty

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Thanks, I'll definatley try the suringe with yummy stuff so he gets used to it, and learnes to love it. I definately dont think he was mistreated while being wormed in the past. This was the first time i handled his mouth, so I'll have to practise with that. He hasnt had a bit in for nearly a year so it has gone unhandled for a while. I guess this will all take time. :)
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They also have apple flavored paste. I got some of that for my filly and she was an angel to worm.

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I say why fight with them?

I put the dewormer into some soaked beet pulp with some molasses added.

Feed it with their meal. It is gobbled up.
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They also have apple flavored paste. I got some of that for my filly and she was an angel to worm.
I had a pony that only got a half a syringe full...we set it down on a table near the fence and let him loose...next thing we know he's running around the pasture tearing it to shreds to get at the apple flavor...lol
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what i do that works really well [my horses can both be given dewormer with no halter or anything on] is hold their lead rope in one hand but pretty short & the tube in the other. hold the tube up against the side of their mouth & keep it there until they hold still/calm down. once they are holding still you will be able to put it in their mouth. if might take a few tries & lots of patients, but it does work. i would also do a tube of applesauce frequently for awhile so he learns that it doesnt always taste nasty
This is how I have taught everyone of mine to worm. And I to.. can worm without halter or leadrope. I walk right up.. put it in the mouth squirt and we are done. Then I love and pet on them. And even my 2 horses that are under 2 yrs old have no problems.

But the applesause in a syringe sounds like a really good idea. So he doesnt always associate a syringe full of nast stuff. Ha... I have got some in my mouth while worming a friends horse... and let me tell you... it is nasty.
I would however stear you away from the bit wormer... as one of my friends tried this with a horse who always took the bit. And it did make worming a breeze for her... until the horse started associating every bit with wormer.
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I say why fight with them?

I put the dewormer into some soaked beet pulp with some molasses added.

Feed it with their meal. It is gobbled up.
that seems like an okay option, but what if you need to bute them ? or what if they start acting up just to touch their mouth, what are you going to do then, just not fight them ? getting their mouth touched & having something put in their mouth is just a skill that all horses have to learn, so why make an exception with dewormer.

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that seems like an okay option, but what if you need to bute them ? or what if they start acting up just to touch their mouth, what are you going to do then, just not fight them ? getting their mouth touched & having something put in their mouth is just a skill that all horses have to learn, so why make an exception with dewormer.
Well one of my horses will eat bute pills out of my hand. The other will eat bute pills (or any other meds that she has required so far) crushed and given the way I give dewormer. So buting is not really an issue.

I honestly have no issues touching or dealing with either of their mouths. I can reach in and grab a tongue and stick my arm in if I need to, etc.

I just hate the hassle of the paste and it gets places, makes a mess and it is just a pain. So I do not do it that way.

I do understand your point and it is a valid one.
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I used to put a stud chain on my big guy every time. He was horrible. Now I just sneak up on him and do it really fast. You have to be assertive. :)

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apple flavered wormer?
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