Deworming a horse

Apple flavored, yum!

Apple flavored, yum!

I’m becoming an expert at deworming animals: dog, pigs, horse.  What next?

Deworming a horse (my horse) wasn’t difficult at all.  Once I figured out how the plunger worked.  Let’s break this down into steps.

1)  Play with a new tube of deworming medication and accidentally squirt the medicine all over your leg.  I recommend you skip step one.  It is a waste of money and my jeans didn’t need dewormed after all.

2) Get another tube of dewormer.

3)  Halter your horse.  This is easy for Trixie.  I just walk up to her and she let’s me put it on her head.

4) Tie your lead rope to a post.

5)  Take the plunger and adjust for weight.  Trixie weighs about 950 pounds, per our vet.

6) Slide the medicine into the back of her mouth, behind her teeth (same place the bit would sit).  Squeeze the medicine into the horse’s mouth.

7) Hold her head up so she doesn’t spit it out.

Holding the head high as I squeeze the last bit of medicine into her mouth.

Holding the head high as I squeeze the last bit of medicine into her mouth.

8)  A few minutes later I gave her some grain as a treat and hugged all over my sweet Trixie.

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Overall, this went a lot smoother than I had originally imagined.  Much easier than pigs.