Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Worming Panama at the new place

My horse's dewormer was due, so yesterday I wormed him for the first time at the new place.

Panama and I had developed a routine at our old barn that enabled me to worm him pretty quickly and easily. Partly that was because we had a quiet, enclosed area (the wash rack in the barn's entrance) where I could worm him without us being harassed by other people or horses. At the new place there is definitely no place like that, so I was a little worried about how the worming would go.

At first I tried to worm Panama in the new section of the corral, where he is in with the other horse. That didn't work at all, because she thought I was giving him a treat or something, and wouldn't stop crowding us. So I took Panama into the old section of the corral (which is pictured here).

This time I was able to worm him successfully, but it took a few minutes for him to calm down enough for me to do so. The good news is he swallowed quickly (he usually holds it in his mouth for a while, waiting to see if he can get a bite of something and spit the wormer out) and got a few treats and his grain without much of a delay.

I didn't try to lunge or ride him afterward, because getting wormed made him a little cranky. I decided it was a good excuse to give him a day's rest!

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