Even if your horse shows no symptoms, an internal parasite infestation can be lowering your horse’s resistance to infection, robbing him of vital nutrients and even causing permanent damage to internal organs.
There are several types of dewormers available. Most are broad spectrum, which means they are effective against several different types of parasites. No deworming product is 100 percent effective in ridding a horse of all internal parasites. However, the product does not need to kill every worm in order to improve your horse’s health, minimize the risk of serious disease and reduce pasture contamination.
The three main ways of administering dewormers are through an oral paste syringe, as a feed additive, and through a stomach tube.
The two basic types of deworming programs are continuous (feeding a daily dewormer) and strategic (deworming at certain times of the year).
There is no single program that suits all horses and all situations. We can help you devise an appropriate deworming program for your horse or farm.
Good management practices are also an essential part of a complete parasite control plan. Following these guidelines will help reduce exposure and increase your parasite control plan’s effectiveness:
– Keep the number of horses per acre to a minimum to prevent overgrazing and reduce pasture contamination.
– Remove manure at least twice a week, even in dirt or sand yards.
– Do not spread manure on fields where horses will graze.
– Provide mangers or racks for hay and grain. Do not feed on the floor or ground.
– Provide a clean water supply.