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post #1 of 19 Old 10-02-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Deworming

Ok, so what I have read was that you're supposed to deworm your horses twice a month.. is that really necessary? Especially when you have horses like mine that sit in the pasture and eat, and have no other contact with horses other than each other.
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-02-2010, 09:41 PM
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No it's not necessary. Most people I know only deworm their horses twice a year. Once in the spring & once in the fall after the ground freezes unless they're constantly being put in/around new horses or if it's clear the horse has worms.

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No it's not necessary. Most people I know only deworm their horses twice a year. Once in the spring & once in the fall after the ground freezes unless they're constantly being put in/around new horses or if it's clear the horse has worms.
that's what I'm going to do... I just bought some dewormer today... but I have to wait until November to give it to them... do you think it will last until then? Yah my horses (I only have 2) are only around one another, so I'll just do the twice a year thing.
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post #4 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 12:44 AM
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mmm, that is a little thin on the deworming schedule. I would stick with AAEP guidelines: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULIE A. KIMBALL, DIRECTOR

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 04:18 AM
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I do it every 3 months
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post #6 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 06:26 AM
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but I have to wait until November to give it to them... do you think it will last until then?
They have an expiration date on them (or the box).

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post #7 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 08:11 AM
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Absolutely DO A FECAL! Otherwise it is like shooting blindfolded! We were on a rotational schedule every 3 months, but now the vets here are recommending fecals every 3 months(about the same cost as worming) and worm according to the results. Most of the horses at the 2 barns I go to have not needed any wormer since spring, but at least we know they are clean!

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post #9 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 08:58 AM
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Yes, get a fecal. That way you only deworm when your horses need it and for the specific worms your horse has.
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 09:14 AM
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I would check with a vet in my area and ask. I deworm every 8 weeks here.
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