I started off the day worming the boys before breakfast. (I finally remember to put the tubes in their buckets the night before so I wouldn’t forget again!) And it went so well! With Atty, at least. As soon as I showed up at his stall, he fairly accosted the wormer tube, engulfed it into his mouth, and all I had to do was push the plunger in! Amazing! I love it. Atty used to be the most difficult and most suspicious of worming. This is the result of Peggy Hogan’s worming strategy.
Ollie, however, needs more practice. That means employing Peggy’s strategy, which I love, once again. The way it works is like this. Put an empty syringe in your palm and put some applesauce in your palm with the tube. Let them sniff and lick to their hearts’ content, replenishing the applesauce whenever it’s all gone. Keep doing this for a couple of days or more.
When they’ve decided they like the applesauce and no longer care about the syringe, fill the syringe with applesauce. Let them lick it again and see if you can squirt a little on their lips, tiny bits at a time. Gradually see if you can actually get the syringe in their mouths. Practice incrementally to get it in farther and farther alongside the cheek. Only squirt a tiny bit in their mouths at first. Slowly work up to bigger and bigger squirts.
When they can tolerate the “applesauce worming”, add in a tiny, tiny bit of actual wormer in with the applesauce and squirt the whole tube in. Keep it at the same ratio of 1-5% of the whole mixture being wormer for a few days.
As with everything else gradually increase the amount of wormer relative to the applesauce. Soon you’ll have a horse ready and eager to be wormed! 🙂 Well, except for Ollie. He needs remedial work. And last time, he was the best!
This is why we need to keep refreshing, improving, and strengthening their responses.