Spring is Here: Get Your Horse Wormer Ready

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Whether you rescued a horse in a pinch from a neighbor, run a sanctuary, or are a lifelong horse owner, review your deworming regimen. Unlike the heartworm preventative protocol for dogs, worming frequency depends on living conditions and not just the environmental region. In the past, common wisdom dictated a worming schedule of every other month. Now, many vets and horse caregivers recommend the administration of horse wormers every six months, with a few exceptions. The reason for the change is larvae resistance to the dewormers, which poison them.

If a horse is kept alone with little contact with other horses, or is turned out in a shared corral where the manure is frequently picked up, the six month regimen usually suffices. However, if the horse is kept with many others or the corral is not cleaned, the vet may recommend worming every two to three months. Check with your vet for the individual needs of your horse, and to select the type. After that, it is easy to buy online.

To further prevent infestation, worm all horses at the same time, rather than staggering the administration over several months. Also, never keep weanlings or mares with their foals in the same pasture or stalls as other adult horses. The young ones are more susceptible to infestation that way.

If you can, limit the number of horses per grazing acre. Fence in a few more feet or open up another part of the pasture. With limited space, you might be limited on how many horses you can rescue, but they may stay in better health

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