From Endurance to Dressage
A Pile of Manure and an EPG
Yep, that's right. A pile of fresh poop and $25 are all that's needed for your local vet tech, mine is Mindy, to conduct an eggs per gram fecal count. I know you're probably asking, but why would you want to do that? The most current research has revealed that worms, and there are a variety of types, are becoming resistant to the few classes of dewormers that we have available, due to OVER-administration of dewormers. Dr. Blanton, of Bakersfield Vet Hospital, gave a very interesting lecture on the subject which you can watch here (You'll need to scroll down a bit).
Based on current research, BVH is now recommending twice a year deworming using ivermectin products: once in the early summer when then grass turns brown, and once in the late fall when the weather turns cool (check your area for local recommendations). Before administering the ivermectin, pull a fecal sample and have it checked for worm eggs. Give the ivermectin whether the horse is shedding eggs or not.
A negative fecal count DOES NOT mean worm-free. It just means that the horse is not currently shedding eggs. There may still be encysted eggs which can cause severe colic and death. IF the the horse IS shedding eggs, repeat the fecal check two weeks later to verify that the ivermectin is working on your farm. If it's NOT, a consult with your vet will be required to devise a plan for treating your specific class of worms.
And now, for your entertainment, here is how to conduct a fecal count. Enjoy!
The Molasses Chaser
He sucks the molasses water out of the syringe as though it is a "straw!"
If you're still reading, I promised an explanation for the molasses chaser after the ivermectin. I already blogged about Speedy's less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward all things icky being placed in his mouth (read it here), but anytime I am required to give him something that tastes gross, I follow it up with a chaser of something yummy. I do the same thing after his monthly Adequan injection, except that the chaser is a handful of cookies. I always want his last memory of me touching him to be associated with something pleasant!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: