Originally Posted by Tammy
what is the first steps to deworming your pastures and how do you maintain them?
Start with a FEC in the spring to see how heavy parasiteload your horses have. Those with EPG (egg per gram) over 100 is to be dewormed. Use the same substance one year at a time with the correct intervals (pyrantel pamoate 4 weeks, ivermectin 8 weeks, moxidectin 12 weeks, prazikvantel max 2 times/year, no fenbendazole since small strongyles are highly resistant to it), not during long dryspells or "true" winter.
Clean out the pastures as often as possible, and if one have the opportunity to have sheep in the pasture it's excellent! Or rotate pastures with cows. Make sure to use separate summer and winter pastures.
In two years or less you'll find that only 10% of the horses needs deworming for strongyles. Bots and tapes in some parts of the country needs to be addressed.