Do you have a regular horse worming programme in place? Do you know the best traditional and alternative horse worming products?
It is very important to worm you horse a minimum of 4 times a year on a rough outline program. Meaning… Spring thaw, summer, first frost and winter. Spring thaw and winter frost are important as the larvae and eggs are typically killed upon excretion. It is highly recommended to use Ivermection at these points in the year as it is a broad based wormer.
As to what to worm with… While there is the healthy me and the practice business person that argue back and forth. Wormers are poison that we give our animals to poison worms. This is very hard on their bodies and organs. There are many different are natural alternatives that work well too. Personally, I use traditional wormers as I have a large herd of horses that change on a regular basis. This is just practical business since. Now for a person that doesn’t get new horses regularly or come in contact with new horses a lot, a natural wormer is much healthier and safer for your horse.
You will see the traditional worming schedule that says to use 2 to 3 different types of wormer on a rotation bases. Daily wormers are obnoxious and unnecessary. Although several of my vets are of the same conclusion, there is nothing on the market as good as Ivermectin. As to date, no worms have created an immunity to the product and works on most life stages of different types of worms.This making the use of other based wormers obsolete.
It does not work on tape worms though. That is where Praziquantel comes in. The tape worm killer. If you buy Equimax Wormer, then you kill all the worms. (You only need to use a combination wormer like this 2 times per year. I also recommend using this style products 2 times a year in a alternative horse worming program.)
*If it is questionable when they were last wormed, then I recommend doing a dose of Equimax and in two weeks a dose of straight ivermectin. If you have animal with a sever cause of worms, do a half dose of Ivermection wait a couple days and give other half. Killing a large batch of worms at once can cause colic. Also use package direction for mare in foal and young livestock
Alternative Horse Worming Program
Silver Lining Herbs has an Herbal Wormer, that works great. As herbal/natural wormers are less toxic to your horse’s body you can use more regular than 4 times a year. Garlic is a miracle worker in horses. It is great for keeping worms at bay and has an added bonus of deterring flies. I know several people that use the old farmers trick of feeding an animal tobacco. Yes this is an effective technique too.
It is your choice of the type of wormer you would like to use in your horse worming program, but be sure to have a regular program in place. Worming is a necessary evil to keep our horses in top health. Also be sure to have manure maintenance plan in place to keep down on breeding your own worms.