Teaching your horse to accept the worming tube is easy with positive reinforcement (clicker training) and regular practice.
Teaching your horse to accept the worming tube is easy with positive reinforcement (clicker training) and regular practice.

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!’

Worming Articles

Why I Use Chemical Wormers – Encysted Strongyles - By Cynthia Cooper I would love to be able to worm my horses more naturally, and years ago I tried it that way, but their health was suffering due to the following issues: Property too small for the number of horses (15 on less than 40 acres). Not enough help/time to pick up poo regularly and [...]
Colic, Peritonitis and Worms - What do these conditions have in common? Colic and Peritonitis are both serious issues that require immediate veterinary treatment, and both can be caused by worms! This is something I discovered when my 6yo Arabian stallion Finn, suffered a colic episode that also resulted in hypothermia as he went down on a cold wet day. Thankfully, [...]
What-you-dont-know-about-Worms-Book Horse Care and parasite worm control – Harrowing pasture - Harrowing is often suggested as a preventative measure for worm control but in fact, it can actually increase worms if done in the wrong way. Horses with plenty of room on which to graze will divide their grazing into two distinct areas, 1) roughs and 2) lawns. They do nearly all their droppings in the [...]

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