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    09-12-2012, 04:15 AM
Worming Kits

I'm thinking about buying a worming kit. Which one do you guys like best?
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    09-12-2012, 08:14 AM
I only buy what my horse tests positive for and only worm as recommended by my vet. Don't do it willy nilly.
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    09-12-2012, 08:46 AM
Many people do not do the rotational dewormer method anymore. Those who don't, won't get a kit. Instead they use the results of a Fecal Egg Count (FEC) to determine what their horse needs to be dewormed with. The benefit of this is that the horse gets what it actually needs instead of what it might need and the parasites can't build a resistance by the usage of something ineffective. The downside to the FEC is the cost - it does cost per test and you have to handle poop.

If your horse is pastured with others you can split the cost of the test with the other horses in the field and that saves a bit. Right now, I split the test and instead of $18 per test I spend $3.60.
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    09-12-2012, 09:03 AM
That does not work, DA. Horses in the same pasture all test differently. We have had it happen time and again with our herd. In the same pasture one may be loaded and another show no eggs. All an individual thing. I would not worm mine based on another horses result. Each one is different.
    09-12-2012, 09:20 AM
Maybe it was just coincidence? We tested by taking "group" samples and then individuals and the tests always pretty much matched. I'll ask for a separate one next go around and see what comes up.
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    09-12-2012, 09:29 AM
Shoot-we had one, who has now passed, who used to eat the poo of one who was always big time positive-he was still negative. Boggled my mind. I find it interesting. Silly me.

I just figured it must have something to do with the acids in the gut or something.
    09-13-2012, 08:17 PM
Any kit that has Ivermectin or Zimectrin Gold in it.
    09-13-2012, 08:33 PM
Sorry - one of my major pet peeves. You do not WORM your horse (do you want to give him/her worms??) you DEworm your horse. ;)

I agree with the fecal counts and addressing the deworming needs as necessary.

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