04-13-2012, 02:18 AM
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Questions are how you learn! Not asking questions when you've got a ton of horse people here willing to help would be dumb! So ask away!
Here in the US, many vets are recommending that rather than doing routine wormings, horses be wormed only after fecal checks and for the specific worms they have. Over the years, some parasites have developed resistance to the wormers (much like germs and antibiotics) and they don't want this trend to continue. We used to worm routinely on a schedule, but fecal checks every 6 months for the last two years have shown no worms so we haven't wormed. Why feed poison to the horses if they don't need it???
I have no idea what the situation is where you live. If you haven't had the horse long, and you don't know what his worming history is, worming can sometimes be dangerous without a fecal check. Too many worms dying all at once can cause problems. Your best bet is to get a vet to do a fecal count and then advise you about worming. Here, I can get a sampling of fresh manure, put it in a ziplock bag and leave it at my vets office. It's like $10 and he calls me back with the results. I don't know what procedure your area uses. Your barn owner may know or think the horse is wormy, or it may just be time to worm where you are. Some barns like to worm all their horses at the same time. You might want to explore the subject with her and ask why she suggested worming.
There are general wormers that handle most everything, or special wormers for specific problems (another reason to get a fecal check.) Most of the time it's a paste that you squeeze into the horse's mouth. Some people use a wormer that is added to their food daily all year round. I'm not familiar with the brands you mention and it's probably just that you are in Britain and I'm in the US. One of the most common ingredients here is Ivermectin. You really need to find out what parasites you are targeting before you choose a wormer. Parasites vary from location to location and the time of year can make a difference also. You want to target some of them in a specific point in their life cycle. This makes routine worming different in one area than it is in another.
This time of year ALL horses are itchy as they lose their winter coats.
I hope this helps. Please don't stop asking. Talking "horse" is why we're here! LOL