Our training notes often show schooling at the farm but may also
include cross country schoolings and trail rides away from the
farm. Go back through our notes to see how we train our off-the-track
Thoroughbreds and prepare them for new careers as sport horses.
Training Notes - Worming Thoroughbreds - Putting Weight on OTTB
BEFORE - Queen's
Rowdy Lad needed a good
worming and some groceries.
After - Queen's Rowdy Lad after only SIX
weeks and being wormed with two classes of wormer.
When we get a new horse into the farm the first thing we do is
worm him and get his teeth looked at by the dentist. We always
assume the horse has worms. Work with your vet to determine the
best way to clean the worms out of your horse. Below is how we
approach the problem of worms. We are not
veterinians and we are not offering medical advice. Contact your vet before trying this.
We start the worming process with a pellet wormer such as Strongid
C2X. Since pellet-based wormers are mixed with
a horse's feed daily, the potency is far lower than actual
pastes. This lower potency allows for a slower and healthier
parasite kill and removal rate. I advise putting a parasite-infested
horse on a pellet-based wormer for at least one week before
advancing to the standard paste regimen. Strongid is a pyrantel
tartrate based product.
You must be careful to apply the recommended dose of horse wormer
with each session, because parasites possess the ability to build
a resistance towards agents designed to kill them when the agents
are not applied in doses strong enough to kill the parasites outright.
This is why it is also important to rotate the various
types of horse wormers – not only does it increase
the spectrum of targeted parasites, it makes it difficult for parasites
to build up any sort of resistance or immunity.
In about two weeks, give an ivermectin based
product with praziquanel which is proven to have
a wide margin of safety and is highly effective in controlling
tapeworms in horses.
Finally, do a Panacur
PowerPac which is Fenbendazole double the normal
dose and given for five days in a row. (Safe-Guard is
also Fendbendazole.) Use it for the control of large strongyles,
encysted early third stage, late third stage and fourth stage
cyathostome larvae, small strongyles, pinworms, ascarids and
arteritis caused by 4th stage larvae of Strongylus vulgaris
in horses. When the worms are encysted in the walls of the
intestine it can interfer with the absorption of food.
DO NOT DO A PANACUR POWERPAC until
you have cut the worm load down with two other classes or wormer.
You can colic your horse and kill him if too many worms are
killed off at once.
A high fat, high fiber diet will help to assure good weight gain
after checking the teeth and doing the worming rotation. If the
horse is still not doing well, contact your
vet and get a blood
test done to rule out any other illness or underlying problem.
Skinny was one of our 25
Special Prospect Horses for sale in Novemberr 2005.
Skinny one month later. - December 30, 2005
Skinny in March of 2006.
Skinny in July 2006.
aka Flame summer 2007
Skinny at Bits & Bytes Farm in September 2007.