Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: South Central PA
• Horses: 0
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.