I am new here so I thought I would introduce myself and my minis. Tugger is on the right, and was a spur of the moment rescue from a bad situation. And Misty on the left is an AMHR registered and planned purchase. (Please excuse the mess in the field. We had to have a tree taken down in their paddock right before winter and we are still waiting for warmer weather to arrive to get a truck in there and clean out the wood.) I have owned horses for years, but Tugger was my crash course in minis and now I am hooked. A couple of questions to toss at you guys:
I am still fighting Tugger's potbelly. He has been wormed, and both are on a ration balancer feed, and an alfalfa/grass hay mix. Probiotics and psyllium fiber are also given on occasion. I will say that both are going to have their teeth looked at this spring as he is probably due for it, and hers may not have been checked in some time. Does anyone have any other tips for losing a potbelly? I know worming, protein, and teeth can play into it, but I still seem to be missing something.
Also on the note of worming. What do you guys use as a worming treatment for a new mini entering your farms? She should be current on everything, but I always like to do a thorough treatment of any new horse. She will be given a health check and vaccines by the vet, but I want to give her body time to adjust between the worming and vaccinations. I may even decide to vaccinate her myself and space those out as well. What have you found to be the safest and most effective way to deal with vaccinations and worming in a mini? Especially one that is new to the farm?
Pardon my newbish-ness and thank you all!
Edited by clipclop101, 12 April 2018 - 11:56 AM.