hardcandyloveolivia:

equinefeather:

I don’t know the full story, but apparently one of the boarders at my barn doesn’t deworm her horse because she doesn’t like the idea of “putting unneeded toxins” in her horses body..but I guess now her horse is loosing weight and her coat is becoming dull, etc.
I’m sorry, but what did you…

So true! Like wtf

A healthy horse eating a good diet on non-infected ground actually does not need to be dewormed, and it is healthier for them to not have excessive chemicals in their bodies, and there’s also the fact that over-worming is causing immunity in worms to the dewormers we have to rise at a very alarming rate. Their bodies do have defenses against that kind of thing - you never really hear of wild horses with worms, and nobody’s going out to worm them.

I deworm my horses right now because their living arrangement is less than ideal, they don’t have free choice hay so their gut balance is not at it’s peak and the ground they live on is very cool and muddy, and everything is poop - worm heaven. It really comes down to what the needs of the horse are depending on the living situation, and if the horse is prone to worms or on infected ground and is not being dewormed, yeah, that’s bad. But not 100% of horses need to be dewormed in 100% of situations.

I’m also gonna add that it’s really important if you’re not going to deworm to have semi-regular fecal exams done by your vet so you’ll know if the number of worms is rising to the point where deworming is needed before it becomes a problem, which is sounds like this person obviously wasn’t doing if their horse got to the point of noticeable weight loss. 

TL;DR: Deworming is not necessary in all situations, but if you’re not going to deworm your horse, do so responsibly and monitor fecal counts. 

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