Horse worming tips for efective equine worm control

Horse Worming Tips


Never feed a horse direct from the stable floor where the environment may be contaminated.

Always read the packaging and follow the instructions.

Horses which are too thin or prone to colic should be examined by a veterinary surgeon prior to treatment.    Eqvalan Duo should NOT be used during first 3 months of gestation. Equest Pramox must NOT be used on foals less than 26 weeks of age. Equest must NOT be used on foals less than 16 weeks of age.

Pyrantel Embonate based Wormers should not be used on debilitated horses

When treating for pinworm remember to treat the environment as well by disinfecting all surfaces in the stable, removing bedding and keeping grooming gear seperate from other horses.

When worming give your horse a treat so that he remembers worming in a positive light.

Never underdose as this could lead to resistance.

Do not over stock pasture which can force animals top graze where the worm count is high.

Given enough room to graze horses will develop their own grazing and toilet areas know as lawns and troughs

Rest your pastures if possible for six months or so as frost and sun may help to reduce parasite burden.

Keep your stable and feeding environment clean and hygienic by using a good disinfectant.

Worm all newcomers to your yard and stable them for 24/48 hours before allowing them on the pastures.

If horses are moved to clean pastures worm them 48 hours before the move to prevent the spread of infection.

Try to graze young horses away from older horses as the younger horses carry the biggest worm burden and as such are responsible for the majority of pasture contamination.

Try to pick droppings up as often as possible twice weekly is ideal but weekly will help.

Get friendly with a local farmer and let him graze sheep on your horse paddocks as they are great vacuum cleaners and the horse specific parasites they ingest will not survive.

Keep accurate records of your worming procedures in a animal medicines book.

If you suspect a resistance to any specific active ingredients in wormers do not rely on the use of such products and tailor your worming plan accordingly.

Also you must consider the use of faecal egg counts to help with deciding when, if and what to treat with.

Know the weight of your horse to ensure it gets the correct dose.

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Inside every pack or on the packaging of licensed worming products for cat dogs and equines as well as topical applications for flea and tick control are exhaustive instructions on use and a list of contra-indications and warnings on correct usage. If you have not used such products previously you must read these details and we recommend that even if you are familiar with such products you should re acquaint your selves periodically on the advice given.