With winter drawing to a close and spring on its way, it’s nearly time to start thinking about worming your horse again. Pesky parasitic worms can be extremely dangerous for the health and wellbeing of your horse, so it’s important to worm them every three months or so.
With our guide to spring worming, you’ll be in good stead when you next worm your equine friend.
Types of worms
There are a number of different parasites which use horses as hosts during their lifecycles, which cause varying degrees of damage to the horse, including:
• Small Redworm (Cyathostomes)
• Large Redworm (Strongyles)
• Large Roundworms (Ascarids)
The best products
When worming your horse, it’s important to know exactly which product is best at treating which parasite. Here are three of the best worming products you can get for your horse this spring:
1. Equimax – Equmiax is an oral gel that treats all of the major equine worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, lungworms and bots.
2. Equitape – Equitape is an oral gel that fights against tapeworms using Praziquantel. This gel doesn’t treat any other type of parasitic worm, so it should be used alongside other treatments.
3. Equest – Equest is an oral gel that fights against small red worms and their larvae. This worming product is less toxic to insects than most other products, so it helps to keep both your horse and your pasture healthy.
How to use them
When worming your horse with an oral gel, you should make sure their mouth is completely empty.
Then, place the syringe between their front and back teeth, squeezing the gel to the base of their tongue.
Once you’ve successfully deposited the gel, elevate their head until the count of five to ensure they’ve swallowed it.
Caring for your pasture
Pasture management is a monumental part of keeping your horse worm free. So, here are a few tips on how to care for your pasture to stop the spreading of parasites.
1. Don’t use horse manure as fertiliser because they may contain and, in turn, spread parasites.
2. Don’t move your horse to a new pasture directly after being wormed because, if still infected, they may take the parasites with them.
3. Clean your pasture of droppings at least twice weekly to remove worm eggs from the grass.
4. When dry, it can be useful to harrow the pasture as it can leave larvae to dry out and die.
5. Don’t overstock areas of pasture. It is recommended that you have only two horses per hectare. This ensures that there are minimal amounts of droppings on the pasture that can spread parasites.
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