A successful horse worming program will keep the infection at a constant, low level and reduce the chance of the parasite taking over completely and, ultimately, causing severe damage to your horse. Therefore, choosing the right type of horse wormer is almost as vital as choosing between right type of horse food.
Horse wormers can come in all types of variations; the multi-purpose wormer Equimax, for example, comes in either a syringe to be administered at the back of the horse’s tongue, or in tablet form to be mixed with its feed.
A syringe-based administration allows direct transfer of the wormer into the horse’s digestive system, and can leave you safe in the knowledge that your horse has definitely been given the right dosage and has definitely been wormed. In tablet form, crushing them up and mixing them in with the feed doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the horse will be wormed, unless you give the food to the horse directly. However, this is a much more time efficient method of worming, as you can then get on with whatever jobs you have to carry out whilst the horse eats its feed.
As well as the different variations, there are also different methods of treatment. Purge worming is strong dose of wormers, given every 2-3 months, that quickly kills large amounts of worms. However, they should only be used specifically to kill large amounts of worms, as an absolute last resort. They should also be used when advised to do so by a vet. Continuous worming is a daily dose that aims to keep the parasites at a constant low level, without letting the population build up to a harmful level. Although it can be a pain administering the dosage every day, you’ll soon find that it becomes as routine as leaving some dog food for your pet before you go to work.
As with all medicinal purchases, be they for horses or humans, it is best to consult a professional before putting together a treatment plan. Your local vet will be able to provide you with a thorough plan based on your breed of horse, and can recommend the best product for you.
Article by Scott Clawson
Note from Joni: There are also horse de-wormers found in nature — certain herb plants. More can be learn about natural horse wormers here: “Natural Parasite Control – Herbs by Mother Nature” http://snipurl.com/22wv27l You might also want to learn how you can help control worms by keeping your pastures clean with dung beetles…
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