I have mentioned in the past that my spotted pill is a challenge to deworm. It takes someone strong to manhandle his nose into a twitch hold (no twitch, just hold his upper lip) for a second then he freezes and I can get the tube up there. One rotation of worming I am able to use a pellet wormer so that helps, but then it's back to the tube and Mr. Big Eyes Saddlebred-head appears.
When My Boy became injured last winter, I had to give him Bute. I did this by mixing it in a couple of handfuls of grain (he was not grained at that time) and he gobbled it right up. I did this last week before the farrier came out and it worked again.
I had the idea to try this with dewormer. I tested it out with my mom's gelding Dusty last month, who is equally challenging to deworm. We mixed his paste with apple slices and grain. It was not pretty. When all was said and done (he really wanted those apples) he did manage to get it down, but I think some of it was wasted.
This week it was My Boy's worming time again (I always worm when he's shod, easy to remember that way.) I bought an apple-flavored Ivermectin wormer. I knew that I was risking this being a wasted tube so I purchased the lesser expensive of the all the options. I squeezed it out on top of My Boy's supplement (this wormer was not a paste, but an apple-juice colored gel and it mixed in well with the supplement. It actually smelled like apples!) I then took the concoction out to My Boy at feeding time.
So, did it work? Well, at first bite, My Boy was a little surprised, I think unpleasantly so. He made a funny smacking sound and probably spit out half his bite. But then he went back for more. Made one more funny face, then, proceeded to lick the little bucket clean. Yeah! A worming session passed without major ado. Now, I do not think this will be as effective with a thicker, stickier paste wormer, those are more likely to add a strange texture and taste. I am thinking of getting creative and adding some treats and applesauce though. My Boy is easily tempted by sweets!
I saved the empty deworming tube and I'm going to clean it out and start using it with treats inside (applesauce) and see if I can desensitize my horse to this whole worming process. Has anyone done this with much success?