From Endurance to Dressage
For my horses, and only for my horses. The way things are going right now, I might not be using it for a while.
On Saturday, I stopped by my local feed store for some beet pulp and rice bran. Hanging on the door was a sign saying they had dewormer. When I walked up to the counter, I laughed about the sign and asked what that was all about. Apparently, there is now an ivermectin shortage. First it was toilet paper, then it was computer chips for cars, and now it is dewormers.
When I asked why, the clerk said she didn't know, but the gal who runs the place can't get it back in stock. None of her suppliers have any. We both whipped out our phones and did some searching. We both found article after article reporting the same thing: feed stories around the country are now keeping dewormers behind the counter, and in some cases, requiring proof of horse ownership before they'll sell a tube.
I shook my head in bafflement. So did she. The media would like me to believe that every looney tune across the country has decided to hoard ivermectin to use as an antidote against COVID. Other media would like me to believe that the government has forced manufacturers to reduce the production of ivermectin so that the medical field can't prescribe it to combat COVID. I am certain that there is a reasonable explanation for the "shortage," but I don't know what it is.
Based on my vet's recommendation, I deworm with ivermectin twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. I almost always have fecal tests done first, but I've been a bit lazy about that this year. My horses always have a zero eggs per gram result, but I use the dewormer anyway. There is a long explanation why, again, based on my vet's recommendation, but that's not today's topic.
I generally deworm in November after the first few cold days of the fall, not that it actually gets "cold" here. When I buy my ivermectin boxes, I usually get them in groups of three or four. Once I made it home from the feed store, I checked my medical drawer to see if I still had a few boxes left. I didn't, but I did find a brand new bottle of prednisolone, a box of Prascend, and some whitening shampoo. I like to buy things in advance.
If I am ordering from Dover or another online tack shop, I'll often throw in a few tubes to meet the free shipping requirement or to just round out my order. With nothing else to buy, I decided to hit up Amazon first. The price of ivermectin there has shot up several hundred percent. The last time I ordered ivermectin from Amazon, I paid under $12.00 for 3 tubes - about $3.50 a tube. The price is now closer to $18 a tube.
Before paying such a ridiculous price, I took a peek at the Riding Warehouse, my go-to for most everything equine related. Fortunately, the fine folks over there have only raised their price a tiny bit, if at all. I was able to buy four tubes for under $34 - $7.95 a tube. More expensive than I feel is normal, but it was an acceptable price.
I don't understand the world right now, but it's making me very angry.
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
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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