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post #1 of 7 Old 10-19-2011, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Please pardon my question if it has been asked already,

Again, we are new horse owners, we are financially prepared to do what ever is necessary to make certain that our guy is and stays 100% healthy and in tip top condition.
Since picking Benny up I have had a growing list of questions. I research them and for the most part find good information. One question I can't seem to find an answer too is (Do all horses have worms?) AND is maintaining a low worm count the best you can hope for?
I ask this after reading some info on this site. I see that you should get fecal testing done twice a year (at least) and based on the egg count in the fecal matter your vet will worm or not, they will also be able to target the parasite with proper identification and use the proper wormer . So this leads me to think that there must be an acceptable threshold of worms?
Am I misunderstanding this?

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Yes, there's an acceptable threshold. Because horses live outside, there will never be a time when they're 100% parasite free. It's just not possible.

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Yes, there's an acceptable threshold. Because horses live outside, there will never be a time when they're 100% parasite free. It's just not possible.

Thank you! That really helps!
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Glad I could help.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-19-2011, 10:43 AM
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probably over thinking it, Buy a generic wormer year long pack from horse.com or other discount house, They come with differnt drugs you alternate, usually they include a calender or schedule, on which paste to give which month. Yes you may end up giving your horse a paste he doesnt need once in a while, but I have never heard of any lasting side effects from a wormer paste used every other month or so.
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probably over thinking it, Buy a generic wormer year long pack from horse.com or other discount house, They come with differnt drugs you alternate, usually they include a calender or schedule, on which paste to give which month. Yes you may end up giving your horse a paste he doesnt need once in a while, but I have never heard of any lasting side effects from a wormer paste used every other month or so.
This is outdated information.

OP, the new stuff is designed to minimize parasite resistance, which is a growing problem. The information you have, about fecal testing and such, is correct.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-19-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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This is outdated information.

OP, the new stuff is designed to minimize parasite resistance, which is a growing problem. The information you have, about fecal testing and such, is correct.
Thanks, that's what I thought. Most of what I am reading seem to mention parasitic resistance if you over use the medicine when its not needed.
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