Introducing Extreme Mustang Makeover Horse: Amarande

This is part one in a series that will show the progression of an Extreme Mustang Makeover horse, Amarande, and his trainer, Anna Schaben, from the beginning of his training to the end.  The end being an auction in Ft. Collins, CO after the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition.  An earlier video in this series shows Amarande and Anna one week before the show.  So now I will take you back to the beginning and show the entire progression including video footage from the competition.  In this video Anna has only had the horse about three days.  And already they are both getting along nicely.

Laying Down a Green Horse – Celerina

In this video I show how I lay down Celerina, a 3 year old mustang for my Extreme Mustang Makeover Barrel Slot Race. This is the third time I have laid this mare down. Every time I have done this she has gotten back up a more trusting horse.  The next two videos on tap will be Laying Down Celerina without a saddle and then joining up with your horse.  When I join up with Celerina she will follow me anywhere.  And oh ya . . . “I LOVE THIS HORSE!”

Laying Your Horse Down Part 1

I have had several requests to make videos and explain how I lay my horses down.  I don’t have time now to put up any detailed instructions about laying down your horse this week, but I do have a video ready to go with an experienced horse.  In this video Dollar, who had been laid down several times, will lay down pretty simply.  They don’t always go this smoothly.  I also have a video with my new mustang Celerina.  She has never been laid down before, and was only touched by human a few weeks ago.  As soon as I get that video processed I will put it up.

Showing a Mustang After 90 Days

I had a request to show my riding/training abilities on iTunes.  So here is a video of Amarande.  He is a mustang from the Devine Basin in Nevada.  When I picked up this horse in Elm Creek, NE he had never been touched.  This is a video after I had worked with him 90 days.  If you want to see more of Amarande check my photos out from know Your Horse on Facebook.  I have hundreds of photos of “Andy” that show his progress from the pick up to the show.  My husband wishes we could have brought this mustang home.  He was a great horse.

Encysted Strongyles — Horse with a Hay Belly

Horse with a hay belly encysted strongyles

We’ve all seen those horses with a huge belly on them and wondered if it was a mare about to give birth, then later find out it’s actually a gelding.  We are told that the horse just has a “hay belly”.  Well recently I adopted a mustang with a “hay belly”, and when changing his feeding and exercise didn’t fix his protruding gut, I decided to do a little more research.  Come to find out, his big belly is more than likely the result of having encysted strongyles.

Strongyles are a type of parasitic worm that live part of their life cycle in a horses digestive system.  Typically a strongyles infestation can be treated with regular deworming of your horses; however, this is not the case when the strongyle larvae become encysted in the wall of your horses cecum or colon. Yes the larvae actually bury themselves in to the wall of your horse’s digestive system.  Sounds pretty bad?  It gets worse.

The larvae can hang out encysted in the walls of the cecum or colon for 45 days up to a few years.  And regular deworming will have no affect on these larvae.  Actually, regular screening of the fecal matter of your horse won’t even show that these larvae are buried in the walls of your horse’s digestive tract.  Oh it gets worse yet.  Encysted strongyles may emerge all at one time in the winter or spring and cause some major problems in you  horse.  On the mild side of the problems caused is poor weight gain and runny stool.  On the other side of the spectrum, your horse could suffer a ruptured bowel and even death.

So if you have a horse that is showing some signs of having encysted strongyles, such as a dull coat and a hay  belly, I recommend treating him as soon as possible.  The best and safest treatment for encysted strongyles is a fenbendazole purge.  This is where you give your horse a double dose of a fenbendazole base wormer for five consecutive days.  There are packs you can purchase that actually come with five double dose tubes for your convenience.   I used Power-Dose by Safe-Guard on my horse, which I purchased on line form horse.com.

Here is a picture of Weego the first day I had him home.  See how big his belly is, but how the rest of him looks so thin?  Wish I would have known then what I know now, and I would have treated him right away.  I just finished his fifth dose of Power-Dose and can already tell his tummy is getting smaller.

Good feed and exercise helped him some, but he still had a huge tummy.