WORMING TIPS

Worm Control Program

Due to the variety of conditions under which horses are used and housed, horse owners should develop a worm control program for their own situation in consultation with their veterinarian.

Rotation
Delay a build-up of worm resistance to a particular drench chemical by rotating every 12 months.

Worms and Colic
Did you know that tapeworm infection is the most common cause of colic in horses? Tapeworm control should be included in all equine worming programs.
Choose a broad-spectrum worming product containing the active ingredient praziquantel, which is the only compound that is 100% effective against tapeworms.

Worms and young horses
Young horses need to be treated differently to older horses because they are at risk of mectin resistant ascarids (roundworms). Ascarids are generally not seen in horses over 2 years of age as horses seem to develop a natural immunity to these worms as they mature. Horses under the age of two should be drenched with a combination wormer (Ivermectin, Praziquantel and Pyrantel).

Pregnant mares should be treated just before foaling to control roundworm. Make sure the drench is safe to use in pregnant mares.

Foals should be drenched from 6 weeks of age every 4 weeks until 6 months of age, and there after every 6 weeks.

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