Worming is one of those horse care tasks we’d all rather avoid, but for your horse’s health (and even to save their life), you need to carry out a regular de-worming program.
This includes testing to see if they actually need worming, and knowing what wormer to use and when.
Most of us trying to keep our horses as naturally as possible, would rather not use chemical wormers, but if you avoid them altogether, you are risking your horse’s life.
Chemical worm resistance can be reduced by the use of faecal egg counts, and a worming program that targets the 20% of the horses that generally carry 80% of the worms.
If we take a holistic approach by ensuring we use good pasture management (removing manure is one of the best ways to reduce worm infestations) and regular faecal egg counts, we can reduce the amount of chemical wormers used.
However, to exclude all chemical wormers puts your horse at risk of colic and/or peritonitis due to the small strongyle being the problem worm of today.
The following articles will explain why, and to get the latest information and methods for worming read Ann Nyland’s book ‘What You Don’t Know About Worms Will Surprise You!’