Winter Worming Guide
Warmer winters mean that larvae are now more likely to survive than in previous years. Ensure your horse is well looked after with these tips:
- Seek out a vet to advise you on the most appropriate worming treatment for your horse and stick to the worming programme for effective treatment. Be aware that some worms may already have a high resistance to certain wormers.
- Treat horses regularly with wormers to maintain low levels of worms within the body. In recent years, over-use of the same wormers has caused drug resistance. It is now common to worm once in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and to perform faecal egg counts throughout the year to be sure the worming routine is working successfully.
- Always read the wormer label thoroughly beforehand so that you know the correct dose to give for the weight of your horse and what the wormer is treating in conjunction with your program. Estimate an approximate weight of a horse by using a weigh bridge or a weight tape, which can be purchased from most tack shops or feed merchants.
- Encysted Red Worm are the most apparent worms in Winter and should usually be wormed for after the first hard frost. Roundworms are apparent all throughout the year, so a good combi wormer and worming plan are imperative.
- Prevent parasites by clearing paddocks of manure at least once a week. Do not over stock pastures, instead keep horses in small groups of 1-2 horses, and worm in grazing couples at the same time. Keep track of your worming routine and know when your next wormer and egg count are due.
- Be aware that young and old horses are more susceptible to worm burden, and horses in large herds are more likely to contract parasites.
If you have any questions relating to your worming schedule please call our dedicated SQP to discuss your needs further on 0845 230 7997 or contact your vet.