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    01-04-2012, 10:30 AM
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Foal
Question Views on worming schedule

My vet recommends not putting the horses on a regular worming schedule. Is this the general consensus nowadays? My understanding is that they only should be wormed after positive testing for fecal load. But what about parasites that do not manifest themselves in the stool? Couldn't those do a lot of damage as well and a person not know it until their horse's health started to decline from them?
     
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    01-04-2012, 10:50 AM
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Showing
It is pretty much general consensus that doing fecals and de-worming accordingly is a much better approach. The parasites can become immune to the products used over time. (kind of like illnesses we get that just get stronger than the antibiotics we take)

I've switched to fecals for several years now and it's surprising just how much less it is really needed than using the old rotational method. I do still de-worm broodmares & babies on a schedule but the rest of the gang is as needed.
     
    01-04-2012, 11:07 AM
  #3
Started
I'm of the mindset of not chemically deworming unless there is evidence of a need for it.
     
    01-04-2012, 11:19 AM
  #4
Started
As long as a fecal is done there is no problem in my eyes. If I use the dewormer like others said they would have little effect when I actually needed them.
     
    01-04-2012, 11:48 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Ditto everyone.

My only exception to not doing fecals is the "after the first hard frost". I only worm 3 times a year anyway, so I don't bother with fecals for the December worming (I live in a warm climate where a truly hard freeze in November does not always happen).

The last time I did take stool samples to the vet, it turned out that two of my four horses did not need wormed. I would have poisoned them for nothing and wasted two tubes of wormer, had the fecal counts not been done

The two that did need wormed were barely into the "medium load" and Tapes were evident It was my two horses with metabolic issues so I guess the message is their immune systems have weakened thanks to their insulin problems
     
    01-04-2012, 09:34 PM
  #6
Started
I still deworm my horses every fall for tapeworms since they don't show up in fecal samples. But all other dewormings are based upon what the vet finds in their manure.
     
    01-04-2012, 09:44 PM
  #7
Foal
I have switched over to the fecal method, and it's really quite amazing how many times we over-used deworming vaccines.
     
    01-05-2012, 08:11 AM
  #8
Weanling
I use fecal testing and de-worm accordingly. However, per my veterinarian's advice, I do use zimecterin gold in the fall as a precaution against tapeworms, which may not show up in a fecal test. Because my horses hardly ever travel or go to high risk areas, I usually only de-worm twice a year and also sometimes after a new horse is introduced.
     

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