First. . .awesome!! A bareback canter!! Yay for you and Moon!Very interesting about the wormer, totally against worming propoganda (lol). I am a big fan of the "horse industry sells/tells you a lot of things that are totally not necessary" school. Sometimes I am known as the "crazy and new horse lady that has no idea what she is doing" person. But I don't care, so far everything I have done for Shy has been working for us.Thanks for sharing!
Gotta start with the bareback! That's terrific!!! I'm not a good bareback rider at all but I love riding Dee bareback. Particularly as someone who rides in a western saddle most of the time, I love being able to feel everything as my horse moves. And she is so fat right now that it's like riding a sofa...so cushy!At my old barn they recommended giving the EHV shot 4 times a year since it's got such a short span of effectiveness and they had lots of strange horses coming and going with twice weekly roping events and training so we followed along. Thankfully the new barn is closed to outside horses so we can relax a bit with the extreme vaccination schedule.Worming makes me crazy. I never know what I'm supposed to do. My vet said every two months, alternating between ivermectin and Quest. My sister out east is at a barn with a twice annual worming schedule. Then you can get annual worming kits from the likes of Valley Vet which include a full rotation of wormers to be used every other month. I've looked into the daily deworming supplements and ouch, so pricy! Why can't things be simple?I'm sure I underestimate Dee's weight because she is so fine featured. It was really neat on Ken McNabb's show one day when he had a group of students first try to estimate various horse's weights by just looking at them, then they used a weight tape to estimate the weight, and then they actually put each horse on a scale. Scary how far apart all three measures could end up being. Shame we all don't have access to a scale capable of weighing a horse!
Very interesting info from the vet. When one of the new vets from Elders was at the barn recently we discussed deworming and he was mentioning that vets in other provinces and the companies that make de dewormers are actually saying to only deworm twice a year. In the spring and in the fall. The fall dewormer should include something that will kill tapeworms. They recommend this due to resistance, like this vet recommended.Way to go on the bareback canter!!!
Bareback?!?! You're a daredevil! And I love hearing about how involved you are getting with clinics and showing. It really makes me want a truck and trailer so I can get out and about with my pony!