This is a method I have successfully used year after year on a very clever horse. If you follow my example, do so at your own risk and not on a horse that is extremely prone to panic. Do not do this when the horse is tied. Also remember first to take the little cap off your worming syringe or you might be the one who is surprised.
- To begin, approach the horse’s near (left) side with the syringe (already set at proper dosage) in your left hand concealed behind your back. In the same hand have several cut pieces of carrot.
- Then, with your right hand begin petting the horse’s face and eyes and casually covering his left eye with your right hand.
- Keeping the left eye covered, press a carrot to the horses lips which he will take after a moment of happy surprise. Repeat this step until the horse is eagerly and thoughtlessly taking carrots from your left hand.
- And then, without breaking the rhythm of execution offer the de-wormer to the horse who will have opened his mouth to receive the next carrot. Be very quick, push it in (being careful of your fingers in case he shuts his mouth suddenly) and squeeze without delay. Beware the horse might throw his head at this moment so stand to the side, not over his neck or head.
By this time, your other horses may have seen what you have done and reject your company.
If the first attempt fails, it is possible to succeed within a few hours or days. The temptation of carrots usually overcomes caution. And by the next time you are scheduled to de-worm it should be all forgotten.