10 myths of equine worming

 All products need to be double dosed to treat Tapeworm
NO: Only those that use Pyrantel as the active ingredient

It is better to give more dose than the horse actually needs
NO: The best dose is the exact dose so work out the body weight of each horse but do not underdose as this can lead to resistance.

Each tube will treat a standard sized horse
NO: There is no such thing as a standard size horse and different brands and different pack sizes treat different body weights.

Combination wormers (those containing more than one active ingredient) will treat all the equine worms
NO: Different brands contain different combinations of ingredients so treat a different range of parasites.

If you are treating with the correct wormers then Pinworm cannot become an issue
NO: Horses can be infected with pinworm from eggs left in the stable and environment

It is OK for more than one horse to share a wormer
NOT IN ALL CASES: Some brands now recommend that the whole pack/tube is given to separate animals providing they are in the correct weight category

You can give donkeys any wormer that you can give to horses
NO: You can only use particular brands that have been licensed for use in donkeys

Worm egg counts test for all horse worms
NO: Standard faecal egg counts don’t test for Encysted Small Redworm or Pinworm or Tapeworm

Treatment needs doing at least 4 times per year
NO: Treatments need doing when necessary which we find out by testing, planning and pasture management

Some active ingredients do not work any more
NO: There is resistance to some ingredients but they still have a place to play in a managed treatment plan thereby retaining alternative drugs within the range available for equine treatment


SH Wetherald E-SQP