Worming treatments for horses vary depending on a range of factors. Here’s how to choose the right worming program for your horse.
How often horses are wormed depends on the property’s management system. It is ideal to use the minimum number of treatments possible in a year, as over-worming can lead to resistance. Depending on a number of factors, some horse owners will need to worm more often than others.
Where there are large numbers of horses kept close together and/or horses are frequently moving on and off a property, there will be a greater need for worm control. This is because these horses will be at the greatest risk of contamination. Horses in these situations, generally on studs or agistment properties, may need to be wormed every six to eight weeks.
It may be possible to worm horses less often where there are low stocking densities. The use of paddock management procedures like manure removal, paddock rotation and grazing with other species will also help lower contamination pressure.
A selective deworming program using faecal egg counts is the most sustainable way you can manage worming of your adult horses. Foals will all need regular worming.
Strategic Gold Standard Worming involves worming horses based on:
This is important to slow down resistance. A good program:
If your horse has suspect summer sores use EQUIMAX or RAZOR® and then return to STRATEGY-T if further summer worming is required.
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