Worming for the first time. Any tricks to make it an ok experience?
Just wondering if any of you have any method you use for, or prior to, worming to make it no big deal.
I've never had an adult horse who objected to worming, but there is one in the barn, and I'd love to set my foal up to have a positive experience, so she doesn't turn into an adult horse with the worming issues this one has! This other horse (not mine) is tranqued for worming or shots--what a pita!
I have never had a problem with worming foals. I usually do it in a stall so that I can back them up in a corner if necessary. I introduce the syringe slowly and gently. My foals get a lot of handling so they don't usually mind me poking and prodding them
A lot of the manufacturers have added apple flavor to their dewormers at this point. So worming has become a non-issue for the most part since the foals like the taste and with the grown-ups I just put it in their feed.
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I've never had a problem though because by the time they are old enough to deworm, they have been getting Rejuvenaide (which they also love) for a couple of weeks. They are so used to my syringe containing something tasty, that they line up at the fence when they see me coming.
Me neither. Just stick it in and do it. Horses get to be a pain because they get away from the handler and avoid something. So, if had any advice it would just be to do it when you can "win"...but don't make it such a big production. It will be fine.
The trick is the whole positive experience thing. Don't worry if the foal doesn't accept the tip of the wormer in the mouth at first. I've found foals to be naturally curious and want to know what it's all about. Therefore I usually have grain in one hand and the wormer in the other. They learn that wormer is a positive and yummy experience
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