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post #21 of 26 Old 09-02-2015, 11:16 PM
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I boarded at a place that insisted on doing the deworming to keep everyone on the same schedule, they would put the paste into their dinner. After witnessing my mare spitting all of the dewormer out I decided to do it myself. Medication doesn't do too much good sitting on the ground.

Just crush the pills into powder and feed with a little sweet feed for taste. More that likely he will eat it that way.
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post #22 of 26 Old 09-03-2015, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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For those who asked:

1) he was doing fine in his old pasture until a new horse was introduced. I have no idea how they did it. I've been told that my horse is a bit of a "butthead" and can instigate so he may have deserved the kicking.

2) I went out there last night. The wounds are looking MUCH better, although the one on his chest is still a bit swollen. After a week of cold hosing, we are wondering if it is a hematoma or cellulitis. We lunged him and I rode him for 15 minutes. The swelling appeared to go down a bit after the exercise. The BO wanted to stop the antibiotics last night as it appears to be looking better and she didn't want him to have them if they weren't needed.
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post #23 of 26 Old 09-03-2015, 12:47 PM
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Haphazardly starting and stopping antibiotics is a great way to create resistance. I'd be concerned that the barn owner is recommending antibiotic therapy. That is a job for the vet as it is a prescription medication she is using to treat your animal. When anyone is prescribed antibiotics, it is HIGHLY recommended to finish the entire dose. Chances are you start feeling better in a day or so, but that doesn't indicate its time to stop it.

I'd get the vet out if he isn't healing well (in ALL places) and you are concerned about a hematoma or scarring.

I'd also be very careful about using the barn owner in this manner. There are a lot of things we as horse owners can do ourselves, but you need to be taught by a professional. My vets have no problem with me administering vaccinations as they have shown me and observed me using proper technique (and I purchase them from their practice so I that I know they have been stored correctly). I have some bute on hand to give in case of an emergency, but if it was needed for more than a day or two, they'd be called to get to the root of the problem.

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For those who asked:

1) he was doing fine in his old pasture until a new horse was introduced. I have no idea how they did it. I've been told that my horse is a bit of a "butthead" and can instigate so he may have deserved the kicking.

2) I went out there last night. The wounds are looking MUCH better, although the one on his chest is still a bit swollen. After a week of cold hosing, we are wondering if it is a hematoma or cellulitis. We lunged him and I rode him for 15 minutes. The swelling appeared to go down a bit after the exercise. The BO wanted to stop the antibiotics last night as it appears to be looking better and she didn't want him to have them if they weren't needed.
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post #24 of 26 Old 09-03-2015, 01:07 PM
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Now days it is possible to email pics and messages to a vet for some advice.

I'd recommend doing that. The vet may be able to tell you to treat a certain way and report back, or to bring him right in to the office ...

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post #25 of 26 Old 09-03-2015, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the advice!
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post #26 of 26 Old 09-03-2015, 03:24 PM
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I'm a long time horse owner and sometimes BO who boards other folks horses. I would NEVER suggest that someone give their horse anything more than Bute or Banamine, nor would I offer to administer the meds without a doctor's order. I very rarely ever do stuff like that for my own horses. When it comes to antibiotics and doctoring, that pretty much belongs to the vets, it's why they went to school for all those years and ran up those HUGE student loans. As a BO, after the horse has been seen by a vet, I would administer meds and do dressing/wound care on a horse IF the owner asked me to. There would be an appropriate charge for it too. Doing those services generally falls on the horse owner, if the BO takes on the tasks, they take on the liability for not doing things proprerly too. So if they agree to administer meds, it is definitely on them to see to it that they're done correctly and that the horse gets the appropriate dose. As the horse owner, it's on you to see that your horse is seen and treated appropriately when he's injured or ill.
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