Horse Worming Tips
YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT YOUR HORSES HEALTH PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VET
Should you stable your horse during routine worming?
If Living Out
Worm your horse with the product suitable for the time of year
To help sterilize contaminated pasture harrowing when it is hot and dry may help.
If possible remove dung from the fields twice a week.
If you stable your horse to administer worming products and then return the horse to the same field then there is no point in keeping him in after worming (he is no more infective just after worming than he was before). However with certain products there are special precautions to be observed.
EQUITAPE In order to limit pasture excretion of the product and its metabolites, horses should remain stabled for 2 days after treatment. To limit the impact of moxidectin on dung fauna horses should not be turned out onto pasture within 3 days of treatment.
Administer the wormer then leave your horse in one stable for the 48 hours, afterwards remove everything that could be contaminated (bedding, hay etc) then clean the stable and contents with a strong disinfectant. Then replace with fresh bedding and forage and then the horse can go back in. It is good stable management to regularly clean all feed and water buckets. A good worming programme is always made more effective by good management.
Remember that any change in circumstances and management may upset your horse and in some cases lead to a bout of colic particularly if your horse is used to grass and then suddenly gets stabled so in general situations stabling is not really necessary. It is best that your horse does not associate worming with a sudden change to their life style.
As a general rule new arrivals on a yard, that have arrived with a satisfactory worming history, should be treated with the appropriate products (small redworm, redworm and tapeworm treatment) and where possible should then be turned out on to a paddock that is specially reserved for this purpose. If there is no established worming history then any doubts about how to commence a worming programme should be referred to a Vet.
New arrivals on a yard will bring new worm burdens with them so there is a case for stabling them for 48 hours before letting them graze with the rest of the herd.