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    • 2 Post By wetrain17

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        02-12-2013, 01:15 PM
    Time to worm

    Alright so im going to worm the horses and cows today. I am reading about all the different wormers and I usually use a rotational yearly supply but I want something a little stronger right now because I added a few calves to the herd and I don't know if they have been wormed before. I have cow wormer. Just wondering what kind of horse wormer to use, something a little stronger then the cheap strongid paste I usually use this time of year. Any suggestions, if not ill just use the strongid. Thanks :)
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        02-12-2013, 08:31 PM
    Ok so I didnt get wormer today the little feed store only carried one kind and upon examination I saw that it was a month over the date, so were several of the guys suppliments so im not shopping there anymore especially because he tried to tell me it would still work, but its not worth the risk. So going to make a time tyo drive over to the nearest city and get some.
        02-13-2013, 10:33 AM
    It doesn't matter how strong the wormer is; if its not designed to kill the species of worms your horse has, it won't do anything. Pull a fecal, get it tested, and know what to worm for.
        02-13-2013, 06:08 PM
    I agree with wetrain. You definitely need to get fecal exams to see what to worm for and even if you should worm. You'd be surprised to know that a lot of times people worm their horses when they don't even need to be wormed. We get fecals done twice a year through are vet, spring and fall. Last year the horses didn't have any worms. And if we didn't get their fecals tested we wouldn't have known!! We would have wormed them for nothing! And so many times people are shoving poisen down a horse's throat for worms they don't even have. So I'd recomeend getting fecals done first....before wasting time and money (and extra poisen your horses might not need) on deworming.
        02-13-2013, 06:32 PM
    Ivermectin has a very broad spectrum. There is also Ivermectin for cattle as well, and I think it can also be used for horses. Here are vet recommends deworming every three months at the different times of year to nail the different parasites at the different life cycles. Its best to talk to a vet in your area for what to use with all your animals and at what times of year. Your animals will always have parasites, its a matter of keeping them under control to keep them happy and healthy.

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