Choosing your battles - Wormer... ?
So, we wormed my friend's little herd yesterday including my mare... **
It was simply impossible. She held her head up, tossed it around. As soon as we'd put the tube thing behind our backs she'd drop her head way low ans stand statue-still as if to say "I'm sooooo sorry - I really really don't want to be bad, but I just CAN'T do it". She's obviously had some nasty experiences w/ the stuff. We finally gave up. squirted it into a small scoop of feed. She gobbled every morsel and 'licked the bowl'. (We were using the apple flavored).
I'm sure I could work with her and eventually get her to tolerate it (filling the injector with applesauce, etc etc like I've read... it would take some doing I can tell). But honestly - is this a skill she really MUST learn, since she will take it w/ no drama mixed w/ food?
This isn't a symptom of disrespect I'm quite sure. This horse is so easy to handle and is a pleasure to be around and to ride. She has no vices (seriously, her worst habit is sometimes trying to grab a bite of grass when she's being led - and we've about got that one worked out). She truly tries to comply with what her people are asking.
** Last time she had it done (first time since I've owned her) was by a vet at the barn where I wintered her - they were doing them all at the same time. So I wasn't there and don't know how they did it.
I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -