De-worming: How often do you do it? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copley, OH
Posts: 4,760
• Horses: 1
Question De-worming: How often do you do it?

There seem to be 2 main schools of thought here...

1. De-worm every 8 weeks, rotating the med types
2. Do fecal egg counts to find out whether horse sheds/what they shed and create de-worming schedule accordingly.

I continue to hear that #2 is the way to go if you can, according to most vets because well, it's less $ and meds pumped into your horse's system AND (more importantly) the worms are becoming resistent to certain med types due to overuse.

The barn I'm boarding at now uses method #2. Every other barn I had ever been at used #1. The difference seems to be the barn size. At those I've boarded at who de-worm every 8 weeks, there were 40+ horses. The one I'm at now has I believe between 16-19, so a lot smaller. So maybe the smaller barn with less horses is better able to manage #2?

What are your thoughts on the 2 main schools of de-worming? And for anyone who also does #2, can you give me any additional info about it (just because I love to learn!)? All I know is that when I moved my mare in, she had to get a fecal egg count done before she could go out with the other horses...and she was a 0 shedder (yay!) so she was put out with them once that was confirmed.

That was a few months ago, and when I went to the barn this week they were all being de-wormed. I asked the barn manager how often they de-worm and he said just twice a year with egg counts being done in the spring to determine whether that needs to change for any of them. He really knows what he's doing so I'm not questioning that at all...just interested in gathering up some more knowledge!!

"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you..."
Hoofprints in the Sand is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3,444
• Horses: 1
Fecals don't pick up all worms. Encysted and tapeworms. So a 0 fecal doesn't hold a lot of merit with me.
egrogan likes this.
poppy1356 is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copley, OH
Posts: 4,760
• Horses: 1
I'm guessing that's why he de-worms twice a year though?
Posted via Mobile Device
Hoofprints in the Sand is offline  
post #4 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 707
• Horses: 4
Subbing-I'd love to learn more about this too
Tessa7707 is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:20 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
I board my horse at a large barn- 76 stalls, currently housing about 65 horses- the horses are rotated through the different paddocks and pastures. They do a barn-wide de-worming once yearly with ivermectin, and any other de-worming care is the responsibility of the owner.

This year was the first time I've made the decisions about worming, since this is the first year I've actually owned my own horse and not been leasing. I've decided to do de-worming two times annually (ivermectin in the spring with the rest of the barn, and Quest Plus in the fall) with FEC's in between. So far, my horse has come up with nothing in his FEC's despite the exposure to a large number of horses' manure, so no extra worming.

Many of the horses at my barn are on a daily dewormer; that's something I would consider for my horse (despite the possibility of resistance) if he seemed to pick up worms easily, but luckily it doesn't seem to be an issue at this point.
verona1016 is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:24 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: North Carolina, Florida.
Posts: 108
• Horses: 6
We do it every 6 weeks, just because they are in a pasture every day all day then taken in for the night.

Never sell your saddle, cause' lifes a long ride
Barrelracer00 is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 02:45 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Alberta
Posts: 1,018
• Horses: 1
I do babies every 2 months until they are 6 months old with safe guard. Recommended by a vet, then every three months.
I use ivermectin in fall and winter and then rotate. Animals always have worms/parasites its a matter of keeping them under control and to nail the different kinds and the diffferent life cycles to keep your horses healthy.
Spotted is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,438
• Horses: 1
This is what I don't understand about #2- things like pinworms don't show up in the fecal count. As some probably know, I fought pinworms for months (fingers crossed we finally seem clear after completing a powerpac recently). So if you're making decisions based solely on what the fecal tells you, how do you get things that would never show up on the fecal?
egrogan is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 04:08 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
Hmmmm I was always told, once every 3 months, and rotate your wormers....
Muppetgirl is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 04:15 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Omaha Nebraska ish
Posts: 2,351
• Horses: 3
Originally Posted by Muppetgirl View Post
Hmmmm I was always told, once every 3 months, and rotate your wormers....
yupper me too I guess it really depends on where you live and who you talk to

Don't Flatter yourself Cowboy I was looking at your Horse
Critter sitter is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
worming horsegirlxx Horse Training 8 05-23-2012 09:24 PM
Need help with worming. lubylol Horse Health 21 01-02-2012 03:00 PM
Worming Remi Horse Health 5 10-13-2010 06:01 AM
worming jleus Horse Health 7 08-10-2008 11:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome