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MiniMom24 11-03-2013 10:37 AM

Worming at a boarding place
I board my horse and we are all trying to work out a schedule for the fall worming for our horses at the same time at our barn. We are all fairly new so I was wondering what a good time frame is for everyone to worm. We can't say, worm your horse this day, not everyone has the schedule to come out that one day. So what is a decent safe timeframe to have without having the process not work. 3 days? A week? What are your thoughts. We are doing it by pens. We want to post a notice for all in the mare pen to worm within so and so date. Thanks.
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gypsygirl 11-03-2013 11:14 AM

Honestly, it doesnt matter that much. A horse either can control their worm load well or not so well. the other horses don't have as big effect on them as most people think. I would say just have people deworm in the same week. Also, are you doing fecal egg counts? That is important so you know what you need to deworm for and how often. Every horse is individual.
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beau159 11-03-2013 11:17 AM

Different areas and different environments require different deworming schedules.

Have your horse get a fecal count done by a vet, and ask the vet what deworming schedule and type your horse should be on.

For my horses, my vet told me to use:
March - ivermectin 1.87%
July - Panacur fenbendazole
Nov (after first frost) - Quest Plus moxidectin / praziquantel

and my horses have had fecals done this year, so we know that that is an appropriate plan for them.

MiniMom24 11-03-2013 01:52 PM

We can't inforce every boarder to get a count done by the vet.
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MiniMom24 11-03-2013 01:53 PM

We just want to know a simple date range to give everyone. I'll probably go with a weeks range. Thank for the help.
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beau159 11-03-2013 04:44 PM


Originally Posted by MiniMom24 (Post 4016946)
We can't inforce every boarder to get a count done by the vet.
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You also can't force every boarder to deworm their horse if they don't want to. (Unless it says so in the boarding agreement.)

Fecals are not expensive and if you don't do them, you are simply "guessing" as to what dewormer might work for your horse. I personally feel that deworming your horse without doing a fecal once in a while is a complete waste of money because you have no idea if your dewormer is even doing its job.

At least call you vet to find out what deworming schedule is usually typical in your area.

horselovinguy 11-03-2013 10:00 PM

Since it sounds like everyone is trying to get a "date" and do this together...

If this is proving difficult...why not ask the barn to worm the horses for you.
Pay them per horse a small fee and have it done by them. You supply the product, they administer it.

It would be in the best interest of every horse to be done at the same time and for the barn workers to know what is happening as manure consistency may change and those changes being noted without a "what is going on clue" could have the vet out making a call...

I won't make a comment on what to use or not use nor when to do a fecal count or not... all of those things are individual choices and decisions.
You could though speak with your vet for a suggestion on what to do, when...and what product to use at what time of the year.

MiniMom24 11-03-2013 10:20 PM

I'm not asking what wormer to use and when. I've been talking to my vet about that. I know getting a vet to check is important. I've done that. I can't make others do it. We also can't force others to worm either. But we are hoping they would. Everyone is pretty good at doing it.

There is no barn workers to do this. It's a private barn. Just wanted a time frame. I'll just call the get again. Was planning on calling Monday, but thought I would ask what others thought a decent timeframe is. I don't own the barn. A bunch of us girls are just trying to get a plan together ourselves.

MiniMom24 11-03-2013 10:22 PM

I do appreciate the advise though.

natisha 11-04-2013 06:30 PM

Just have everyone do it within a 2 week time frame & all should be good.

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