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post #11 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 05:19 PM
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yupper me too I guess it really depends on where you live and who you talk to
I'm in Alberta....originally from NZ, so I've had to learn the worming differences here.....haha now I'm confused!!!
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 06:46 PM
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Hmmmm I was always told, once every 3 months, and rotate your wormers....
Same here, Muppetgirl
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-20-2012, 06:58 PM
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I do once a year with Equimax
BUT...only because I have a closed herd, clean the pasture and paddock and am very generous with straw, like all soiled out, leftover good in the middle on the wet spots and new on the edges.
I, of course, didn't start out that way, it developed over two years time. Fecals and a blood test for encysted, again after the wormer, and then off to my current schedule. If it wasn't for bots and tapeworms, who appear, no matter how clean I am, I would only go by fecals.
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Worms are becoming resistant to wormers, so it's important to only worm when it is necessary. So I think doing it via fecal count is not only more economical, I think it's better for the horse community in general.

While it's true fecals won't show everything, it can certainly be used as a guide. I deworm for tapes in the spring and fall (I use something that will get encysted worms as well as tapes). Then, I only deworm at other times if the fecals indicate I have a problem.

I think it's important to worm a horse for tapes at least once a year whether or not the fecals show anything. But aside from that, I think a targeted worming program using fecals is the best way to go.
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Twice a year, spring after the last frost, and fall after the first hard frost. And they are rotated with cattle a few times in the summer and winter.

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post #16 of 16 Old 11-21-2012, 09:30 PM
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I worm twice a year, when it gets cold, and when it gets warm. If I notice my gelding rubbing his tail, ill throw an extra dose in there.
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