This is an excerpt from a blog written by Dawn
Diovera on a website site called
Dawn Diovera is an Executive Producer at Itchy Fingers Films, Inc., 15224
Cottrell Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949
For those of you smart and lucky horse people who only have one
horse, worming day is probably a very manageable day.
But, for us insane multiple horse owners, worming day leaves us
shuttering like Lurch. Thankfully, I’ve found a solution that
really helps me, so I thought I’d pass it onward.
But first, thinking about worming made me think about
Gabrielle Sutton. This woman is a force in the Equine
Nutrition world! She received her initial education in Human
Health as a nurse practitioner with advanced training in
Naturopathic Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition as well as
Homeopathy. Then, people started asking her to help them with
their horses. Well, a new career opened up and she became just
as proficient in Equine Nutrition, Equine Naturopathy and
Homotoxocology. She’s got chops. Her business is called,
KAM Animal Services.
Now, I know we all hear about herbs and herbal remedies. I
actually really believe that you are what you eat… same with
equines. And, we all know that most of our horses are living
artificially on what we provide for them to eat, not
necessarily what they are craving or what they intrinsically
need. We try our best to figure out what they could use
nutritionally… “Hmmm, her coat looks dull” or “Gee, his feet
seem to be chipping more this year” and “He has no energy “… and
we purchase a nice supplement.
Obviously, we are all kinda shooting from the hip, if you
know what I mean. For me, I just surmise what they probably
need and go from there. And, that has been mostly just fine.
But, I’m here to tell you, when you need to bring in the big
guns, Gabrielle is a wizard. This brainiac is so helpful and so
knowledgeable, you want her to live out back planting a garden,
mixing potions and fixing all your equine buddies’ ailments. I
was in awe and gaga when we had our initial conversation. Well,
it wasn’t really a conversation… she spoke, I listened trying to
keep up, but it all made sense and I was sold!
All of her supplements and feeds she created herself. All
the ingredients are listed and she can tell you exactly what
each one does, how it supports another and why it is in there.
She will also cite clinical trials and tell you more about
metabolic disorders than you ever wanted to know — but need to
know. Oh yes, and SHE answers the phone. Or, if Gabrielle is
out of town (which she is quite often as she visits farms and
horses all the time), she will call back or have her assistant
Personally, Gabrielle came to my farm and helped me
tremendously with a
recommended an entire feeding regimen and it worked) as well as
a supplement program for all of my horses. Her wealth of
knowledge just bends you over backwards. So, when you need to
call in the cavalry to help your horse, put this info in your
back pocket. She is a genius. Go to the website and you’ll see
what I mean. These aren’t your ordinary herbal concoctions for
horses. This is extraordinary stuff.
Anyway, back to the reason I’m thinking of Gabrielle – she
re-educated me on my worming schedule. Without getting
political, I’d like to say that there is generally no reason to
worm your healthy horses every day or even every 3 months.
However, this is not going to be a favorable piece of
information for the companies that make wormer… Really,
Gabrielle taught me that unless the horse is showing signs of
worms (and you can always do a fecal test every three months if
you’d like), it could be detrimental over time to worm a horse
every day or every three months for its entire life.
SUGGESTED WORMING SCHEDULE (this could upset Pfizer or maybe
day Power Pack (test to make sure you need it)
Ivermectin or Equimax if you are in an area populated with
Equine Tape worms. That’s it. Simple.