How often do you de-worm???

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    12-15-2011, 08:56 AM
How often do you de-worm???

The barn I board at only de-worms twice a year, in the spring and in the fall/winter or after the first frost (which they still haven't done). Is this enough? They send out samples of the manure and it usually comes back clean. I tend to give my horses de-Wormer in the middle of summer as well as they travel and compete, will this do any thing??? Any info is welcomed.
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    12-15-2011, 11:52 AM
If your barn backs up their deworming regimen with fecal counts and the tests come back clean than they are deworming appropriately for their risk factors and region. Most people waste good $$ by administering too frequent deworming at 6-8 weeks when their managment and risk factors don't warrant it. If your horse travels during the summer and is housed or grazes in unfamiliar conditions, giving him a dose mid summer is not going to harm him and will give you peace of mind so do it.

Kudos to your barn for deworming appropriately.
    12-15-2011, 11:55 AM
If the fecal comes in clean then they are right on the ball :)
    12-15-2011, 01:02 PM
Green Broke
Ditto the others.

You are very lucky to have such a great BO
    12-15-2011, 02:43 PM
I agree with the previous posts that as long as their fecal tests are coming back clean they are doing the right thing. If you're a little uncertain about deworming less often than you're used to, you could always get your own fecal tests done on your horses to see if it's needed or not in between.
    12-15-2011, 04:16 PM
Worming is really dependent on circumstances such as manure management, resistance in individual horses, how old or how young the horses can play a part as well but usually have to be extreme.

I only worm twice a year after doing several fecal counts on each horse before each worming.........I live in an area where worms survive all year round.......but I also have a very good manure management program in place.

Super Nova.

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