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post #1 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Deworming Schedule?

Ok now there seem to be a couple different schools of thought here, so I thought I would get some opinions.

School#1 (old school): Deworm about every 2 months (6-8 weeks), rotate through the different types

School#2 (new school): Deworm only about 2-3 times per year, no dewormer needed from Oct-Feb (in the northern states anyway where we get the deep freezes)

The thought behind this new school of thought is that worms are becoming VERY resistant to what we currnently have and deworming as often as we are doing is making it worse.

How often do YOU deworm your horse?

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 01:25 PM
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at my barn we are just starting a program where we do fecal egg counts 2x a year & use dewormer 2-3 times during the year [not in winter though] it was recommended by our vet & pretty much everyone is on board to switch from the old way

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school #3- run fecal floations before any dewormer to see if you even need to do it (as Gypsy describes above). This is the most effective. It isn't just a "thought" that there is resistance, it has been proven. Deworming and fecal floats are really cheap so there is no reason to not do it this way! When you get everyone on board as Gypsy mentions, this is especially effective at lowering the parasite burden in the environment as well.
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I just jumped off the 4 times a year worm wagon. We're doing fecal counts before treating. We haven't wormed since after the first freeze of winter.


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We worm every 3/4/5 months - Whenever I remember, lol. I would like to get fecal counts doen but I don't know where to go near me... I think it also depends on the situation. Our horses are away from other horses, and in big enough pasture that they don't have to graze near feces and it breaks down effectively.

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I go old school- I worm every seven weeks.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 06:27 PM
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Well at my old barn we wormed our horses whenever, it was up to us. I usually did every other month alternating wormer. Now, however, it's included in our monthly board so they get wormed once a month, and I believe it is alternating.

I seem to like the once a month deal, my horse is in wonderful condition, whereas at my old barn he got worms and was off for a month; but that could have been for a number of different reasons...

Hope this helped you some =]
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I do school #1 because my boarding facility requires it. I WANT to do school #2. I'm a big believer in over-doing things and spoiling immunity.
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-15-2010, 06:46 PM
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When I had my old horse, we wormed every 6-8 months, rotating through 3 different types.
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We deworm every spring, and then if the horses are going to be around other horses a lot in the summer or other people board with us we deworm again. We switch the type each time.
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