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My bunch hate worming, and because they are currently in a small sacrifice lot while we are rehabbing our overgrown pasture, we try to really stay on top of the worm situation. We take a couple of random samples to the vet every month. So far, the count has been relatively low, and we only worm when he tells us it's necessary. We've learned to just get the tube in the mouth, squirt, lift the head and let go. My filly is so good about it now that we don't even have to halter her.

The horses get used to it, eventually.
 

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Ha! If only I could get the tube in his mouth! I just got that wormer bit so I will try that. I'll let you know how it goes :) thanks everyone for all your advice
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Hawkesnest, I've had good luck deworming a very difficult horse with alfalfa cubes which he loves. I break them up into about 1/4" thin wafers and add a little dewormer and down it goes. It takes about 10 before it's all in him, but no fight. It may not work with your horse so try a small dab on the first one and see how it goes. If he won't eat it then you've lost very little. That was two years ago and he's greedy to eat the cubes. They are all my horses get for treats and always want more.
 

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Quest will work great, I had wormed mine three weeks before the vet came to do a check and they were still counting high. Dosed them with quest and all's well. Do make sure the vet does another check, could be they need another round.
As for the actual worming, if they tie well, tie them, stick it in the corner of their mouth between their teeth, inject, then lift their head so they will swallow. If he doesn't, loop the lead through a ring or around a post and have someone hold the end while you work on the worming. Mostly he'll throw his head up a bit, have friend pull it down once he lowers it back and be ready to slip it in. You don't have to insert it fully in his mouth, just aim for the corner over his tounge being careful not to jab his palate. Practice holding the paste with one hand, palm on the bottom of the syringe, top two fingers on the base of the paste. I'm quick as lightening! Have small hands, but I make it work!
I had a pony that would rear, thankfully I could hold her and reach her head to get it in. Goober horse. I'd just start doing it the right way now instead of using an aid. He'll get used to it.
 

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Ha! If only I could get the tube in his mouth! I just got that wormer bit so I will try that. I'll let you know how it goes :) thanks everyone for all your advice
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Be sure to follow the directions to the letter, especially where to hold it.

One of by boarders has a 16.2 hand Saddlebred & I'm 5'4". He lowers his head for bridling & haltering but for deworming all he has to do is lift his head & I cannot reach even his chin. The deworming bridle has saved us both a lot of irritation.
 

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Yes^
When I said "You don't have to insert it fully in his mouth" I was talking about not having to cram it in the back of his throat. The whole tube has to be in his mouth directed towards his throat. I've seen a lot of people think it has to be crammed in deep, when really you only have to shoot it on top of their tounge towards the back. I'm sure you've probably wormed a few!
 

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He lowers his head for bridling & haltering but for deworming all he has to do is lift his head & I cannot reach even his chin. The deworming bridle has saved us both a lot of irritation.
Hahaha oh my horse tries the same. It worked in the past, but I have long arms and a knack for being on my tippy toes :lol:

I've had good luck deworming a very difficult horse with alfalfa cubes which he loves.
I'm curious... I've noticed that you do have to wait awhile to give them any kind of treat (and I used alfalfa cubes) (well least all the horses I have wormed) they make these rotten-cheese faces like "Uhh..... what... my tongue... yuuuuck... what, is this supposed to be a treat???" and either drop it out of their mouths or they upchuck the wormer along with the treat.

I'm glad my boy just takes it like a man
 

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I ended up using this wormer bit tonight on him, thanks Natisha. It worked really well, he is a difficult one to worm and this made it so much easier! I'll post the results of the fecal in a couple weeks. Keep your fingers crossed
You're welcome :) I'm glad you & he liked it.
 

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Just wanted to follow this thread up with the results of the fecal after the quest plus and the worming bit...the vet called today, two weeks after the quest plus dose...good news the worm count was zero! Thank god...thank you everyone for all your advice.
That's great news. Thanks for the update.:)
 
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