Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SouthEast Texas
• Horses: 0
Around here, there's only about 3 different wormers that are commonly used by the manufacturer. By that I mean that there's only 3 different posions that kill the worms. I don't remember the names of them and surely can't spell them....but different poisons work better on different types of worms. And whatever it is, is listed on the package.
Having said that, I don't have a brand preference.
I use the Ivermectrin because it contains a poison which I've found to be very effective, I've used that brand a lot, I know what it looks like on the shelf and I can find it almost anywhere. But there's other brands that contain the same stuff and in the same amount.
As far as what to use for the "every other time" worming, I kinda alternate between the other 2 poisons.....depending on what my local feed store has on hand and what I used the time before.
The important thing here is that you attack a wide variety of worms. And that you do it regularly.
I worm mine every 2 months, by the calendar. And my horses are both perty big....so I just give them the whole dern tube-full.
I've also found it to be helpfull to move them to a different area of the pasture for a month or so, after worming. That gives whatever worms are on the ground time to die-off some, before the horses return.
Tape Worms are a whole 'nuther ball game. They require tube-worming and unless you're experienced in that area, you might want to let your Vet tackle that one. I might also add that I only treat for Tape Worms on an as-needed basis.
On the other hand, I live in S/E Texas and our climate probably promotes more worms(and bugs) than anywhere else in the Country. Your's may not require the same routine as mine.
I hope that you've found something here to be helpfull. But bear in mind that no matter what I (or someone else) tells you, your best bet is to follow your Vet's advice.