Strategically Deworm Your Horses

When horses are heavily parasitized and unchecked for long periods, their health can suffer greatly. Weight loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, and anemia are just a few of the negative consequences that can affect horses suffering from heavy parasite loads.

It’s very important to have a fecal egg count done twice a year on each horse you own. With this report and the help of your veterinarian, you should formulate a yearly deworming plan based on how concentrated the eggs are in the sample.

After formulating a plan, the next step is to select the most effective dewormer for your horse. You have many options that are available such as Zimecterin/Zimecterin Gold in a paste, Quest/Quest Plus in gel, and Strongid/Strongid C 2X in feed pellets or paste form. No matter the product given, its important to always follow label directions.

Rotating the dewormer given to your horses throughout the year is important to offer better coverage against the four major types of internal parasites that infect them: strongyles, ascarids, pinworms and bots. Rotating dewormers also helps to prevent parasites from developing resistance to the chemicals used in deworming.

Consult with your local feed and animal health specialist at Stockdale’s to help set up an effective deworming schedule and pick the prefect deworming product for your horses.