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    06-04-2013, 08:28 PM
I need a wormer - help :)

I have a older gelding (around 20 years) that has a hay belly.... I wormed him about 6 weeks ago but I am wondering if he has still got some worms in there?
Has a healthy and shiny coat. No cough. But he's got a belly! Lol

So I was wondering if any of ya'll could reccommend a good wormer that kills everything!

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    06-04-2013, 10:33 PM
If you want to kill everything then you need to use a wormer that kills bot and tape worms also I use zimectrin gold to kill them all and I have had all good luck with it
    06-04-2013, 10:36 PM
Before I de-wormed him again I would get a fecal egg count. That will tell you what, if anything, you need.
    06-04-2013, 11:03 PM
What is that?
    06-05-2013, 01:32 AM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
what is that?
Collect up some fresh poo balls and take them to the vet and ask for an FEC to be done. Based on the results they can tell you what kind of de-wormer to use. Much more accurate and less hard on the old horse's digestive tract.

Here's a good article, not just about the FEC, but all the worms, and de-wormers and why an FEC is important.

Internal Parasites: Strategies for Effective Parasite Control - AAEP
    06-05-2013, 10:03 AM
How much does a FEC cost?
    06-05-2013, 01:54 PM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
how much does a FEC cost?
You'll need to call your vet and ask. I am not in your area.
    06-05-2013, 02:30 PM
A fecal egg count (FEC) is a test performed by a vet (or laboratory) where they will count the number of worm eggs in a sample of manure. This gives a good idea of the horse's worm load for certain types of worms, but won't tell you if the horse has tapeworms.

If you haven't dewormed with something that kills tapeworms in the last year (or you don't know the horse's worming history) it's a good idea to use one that does. Zimectrin Gold and Quest Plus are two that kill tapeworms.

You might consider discussing with your vet an effective worming program for your area and your horse. Some horses are naturally more resistant to worms (called "low shedders" because few worm eggs are "shed" in their manure) and might only need worming once or twice a year (always at least once a year with something that kills tapeworms), other horses may need to be wormed more frequently ("high shedders")

My horse is a low shedder, and he gets dewormed with the entire barn in the spring using Ivermectin, and then again after the first hard frost in the winter with Quest Plus. I do a FEC between each of these two wormings to ensure he doesn't need any additional worming.

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