Horse Health - Worming

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Regular worming is an important part of feeding and caring for your horse. Internal parasites can not only make horse feed less effective by reducing your horse’s ability to keep on weight, they can damage your horse’s internal organs. There are a number of different horse wormers on the market today – do you know what method works best for your horse’s situation?

Different Types of Horse Wormers

Horse wormers are divided into two main types: daily feed-through wormers and paste wormers. Daily feed-through wormers are pelleted and can be fed right on top of your horse’s grain. Daily feed-through wormers provide your horse with a constant dose of medication, continuously killing off the worms in his system.

Paste wormers, on the other hand, are administered only once every six to eight weeks. These wormers provide a high level of chemicals to your horse, killing off all of the worms in his system. Different types of paste wormers contain different chemicals which kill different strains of worms, so you must rotate which type of wormer you use at each dosing to ensure that you kill off all of the species of worms.

Deciding Which Worming Method Is Best

Whether you use a feed-through wormer or paste wormer will depend on the situation in which your horse lives. If your horse is turned out with other horses, then all of the horses should be on the same worming plan. If one horse is wormed by paste and the others are wormed with a feed-through, then the horse wormed by paste can quickly become re-infected if the horses on the feed-through pass worms in their manure.

It is also important that if multiple pasture mates are wormed with a paste, they need to all be wormed with the same type of wormer on the same day. Again, if one horse is wormed before the others, that horse can become re-infected through the worms passed by the other horses.

The Process of Worming a Horse

To worm your horse with a paste wormer, set the tube to administer the appropriate dosage according to your horse’s weight. Insert the tube into the corner of his mouth, dispel the wormer, and hold his head up until he swallows it. Feed-through wormers can be sprinkled on top of your horse’s grain on a daily basis. Be sure to give him the correct dosage according to his weight.

Feeding a Horse to Prevent Worms

No matter which worming method you choose, the way you feed your horse can help prevent worms. The best way to prevent worms is to feed your horse so that he is not eating near manure. Providing grain and hay in a bucket that is cleaned regularly can help minimize a horse’s access to worms. Remove manure on a daily basis to keep the pastures clean and healthy.

Worms can have serious health implications if they live in a horse for too long. Create a regular worming program and stick to it to ensure that your horse is healthy and worm-free. TOPHORSE–browse horses for sale or place an ad to sell horses.

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