How to deworm a foal without killing him
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How to deworm a foal without killing him

March 4, 2020

Hello Cathrine here, from Ride Like a Viking!
I thought I was going to tell you something, about deworming foals and young horses, that
I was not aware of, but that I am aware of now because I have been looking online to
find information about why some young horses and foals actually die after they get dewormer.
The reason they die is because they are infested with worms, especially roundworms, and that
people then are using a dewormer that is very effective in killing the worms all at once.
A good way to prevent this is to use a dewormer that has a slower effect on killing the worms
so they don’t die all at once, but it will slowly become less of them. And that’s what I did with the Charlie here.
So if you find a dewormer that contains Fenbendazole then you are in good hands. What you then
do is that you give your horse this first, and then you wait maybe a week before you
give other dewormer, such as the Ivomec, who will take other types of worms. I was to give
him both this (Panacur) and this (Ivomec Comp), and maybe even some Banminth at the same time,
all the worms could die at once, and his intestines would then be blocked, and the horse can actually
die from colic. What we also have, just in case, because we gave him a dewormer yesterday,
if he shows signs of colicing, we have some liquid paraffin ready to give him to help
prevent a colic from happening. He has not shown any signs of getting colic
from the dewormer, so we are happy about it. Take care, if you are going to deworm
a young horse, to not kill all the worms at once. It`s actually not the dewormer that’s
killing the horse, it’s the dead worms that kill the horse. It`s actually roundworms, I discovered later, threadworms are smaller Okay! Thank you for watching,
and stay tuned for more tips from Ride Like a Viking.

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