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post #1 of 6 Old 05-18-2014, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Worming advice :)

Hi, i bought my horse around 6 months ago and now that the weather is nicer he will be going out in a field everyday with a group of other horses so i want to start worming him but don't really know anything about how often it needs to be done, what to use, how to do it? if anyone could give me any info that would be great, maybe suggested somethings you use + how often it needs to be donw? thanks xx
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-18-2014, 02:27 PM
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I'd start by getting a fecal egg count done. You can just put a couple manure balls in a baggie and take it to your vet's office (no farm call needed) or there are some mail in laboratories you can use.

The FEC will tell you how heavy your horse's worm load is and wht types of worms he has. With that info your vet can advise which drug is most effective. One caveat though is that tapeworms don't show up in FECs and encysted (dormant) worms won't either. For this reason you should use a product that kills tapeworms (Equimax, Quest Plus, or Zimectrin Gold) once a year even with clean FECs. I do this in the fall after a hard freeze.

Frequency depends on how prone to worms your horse is. Some horses have good natural resistance and only need worming once or twice a year. Others need it more frequently. Your vet can help you determine what is best for your horse based on the results of regular FECs and his living conditions.
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Not sure where in the world you are posting from, but if you are in the US, I would reccomend Horseman's Laboratory: Horsemen's Laboratory | Effective Equine Worm Control Specialists |

I use their services and have been really happy. I like that while I only have 2 horses I can pre-pay for more samples to make the cost per sample cheaper and they send the sample envelopes to me on the appropriate schedule. (Every 3 months, plus 3 weeks after a test/deworming if a test comes back indicating the horse needs to be dewormed that way we can verify that the chemical I am using is effective - dewormer resistance is a growing problem).

You should also be aware that not all types of worms show up on fecal egg count tests. You can talk to your local vet about what types are prevalent in your area and how to treat for them. For example, where I live it is recommended to deworm for tapeworms 2x per year, even though tapeworms almost never show up on fecal tests.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 02:18 AM
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Okay, this must be the reason I have clear on every single fecal sample I have brought into be tested. After 4 samples, I thought maybe it was the testing procedures at the local clinic. I took the last samples to another specialized equine clinic, same results, clear. Both clinics recommended Quest Plus in the spring and fall, I asked why even worm if tests say nothing? I was told tests can't pick up certain parasites in certain stages.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 06:38 AM
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If your horse is out with several other horses that aren't dewormed or on a schedule that they all get dewormed at the same time, you will need to deworm on a regular basis. Doing a fecal count can help but your horse would be more susceptible to getting worms if any of them aren't dewormed.

Waresbear, assuming your horses are together and new horses aren't added to the herd, it is less likely for the herd to be infected. Once you are able to get the worms under control, you should get clear results afterward, especially if you use good pasture management in keeping the manure to a minimum.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 06:47 AM
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Fesal test can be a waiste of time and money. Horses have worms and that´s it!
This can help you get started:
www.valleyvet.com/si_worm_facts.html
There are other suppliers but this will help you on a 3-way rotational worming program.
You may not need to worm 6 times a year! it depends on your area. Alway´s talk it over with your vet.
It´s good to get everyone on board but horse people can be the most stuburn self centered people in the World so for the sake of your horse you have too look after your own.
Good luck.
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