1. Wow! thank you sooo… much for this article! I am so glad I read this! Great info. I never would have thought of some of the ways you sugested to give meds. I look forward to more informative articles. Thanks again.

  2. I find that it is easier to give horses medication mixed in with foods. When I have a powdered substance, I will mix it with sweet feed and then add corn or vegetable oil to the mixture. My horses cannot tell the difference.

  3. Re feedinf meds.
    I like to pre condition foals with a sryinge and apple sauce. I have one foal who has had such a nasty time with scours that now when you walk out in the field bounces up to me and opens his mouth to get his “treat” and is offended when he does not get it . I also feed powderd gaitor aide by hand from time to time.

  4. For every horse I worm first I teach them to accept the syringe. I get a syringe and a tasty pre-packaged fruit or apple sauce and just sit there and give it to the horse until it willingly allows me to stick the syringe in it’s mouth. I do this every day for a few weeks prior to the scheduled worming or medication. First I use a syringe full of warm water. This makes the horse expel anything stuck in the cheeks and makes the pallet wet so no medication or wormer can stick to it. I then administer the dose and never have a problem with them trying to spit it back out because it doesn’t stick.

  5. Helpful! You have everything- Do this…if that doesn’t work…if THAT doesn’t work..IF THAT DOESN”T WORK… all the way down to the last drop. Good for people who have trouble, or are squemish about the Medicine

  6. I have appreciated your article on alternative ways to administer medications to my horses. Most useful article.

  7. Great suggestions. I gave my Tennessee Walker yogurt to help his stomach while he was being treated for Limes (90 pills per day for 30 days.) Luckily, he thinks with his belly so it worked great. Made his hooves grow too.

  8. I am glad I never had to give Grey medicine, but she hated the wormer… I just grabbed her nose and instered the wormer a bit at a time and then she did really well after that. I like the tips, but what a lot of work.

  9. Great tips.
    Avoid pulling hard on the toung though! It can cause severe damage to a bone that it is attached to in the back of the throat.

  10. These tips are Great,if you have never tried them before.I have a Mare that was struck by a car…on her owm property.I had to give her Med’s by mouth.She grew so tired of this method,as did I,that when she see’s me coming with the wormmer,well you know the rest of the story.It’s not Happening.Anymore Suggestions?

  11. Thanks for the tips, I am so thankful I have not had to give my horses anything but wormer and vaccines. I am thankful my horses are healthy

  12. Good article! I use the syringe method to administer Bute powder and figured out how to fill it easily. Remove the plunger. With finger over the tip, fill from the open end: 1 oz light Karo corn syrup; use a small funnel in the open end and pour in the dosage of Bute powder (one scoop (1 oz) for my 1000 lb horse). Tap the funnel until all powder goes into the tube. Add a little water (about 2 tablespoons), insert the plunger to block the top, turn the syringe with the tip up and let the air rise through the tip (it will push out a little of the corn syrup.) Push the plunger in a little more, put your finger over the tip and shake thoroughly. My horse comes willingly when she sees this treat. I don’t even need to put a halter on her as she will stand there and slurp every last bit. I make sure to put the syringe in the side of her mouth, otherwise she bites the syringe and tries to take it away from me. I wash the syringe in hot water and reuse as long as it’s in good shape. If the plunger gets to where it doesn’t slide easily, I use my finger and wipe a little vegetable shortening inside the syringe tube, before filling it. Works like a charm!


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