17 Jun 2010
Just like other pets, Horses also have worms and other parasites that have caused intestinal infestations to our pets. But the good news is they can be kept under control with proper management like manure removal, practicing good sanitation measures, bot egg removal, and keeping to a regular deworming schedule. By using a horse wormer, you can avoid a staggering stoll on your horse’s health.
With a scheduled, effective worming program will prevent your horse from intestinal parasitic infestation and defects in the intestinal wall and inner organs caused by migrating larvae and adult worms. A worming program enhances the over-all health and well being of our horses and helps to avoid serious hygienic problems in stable and on grazings and pastures.
Horse wormer is an easy and effective way to prevent many health problems for your horse. It is relatively inexpensive compared to the costs if it is not done. It is also relatively easy to do. It is part of good horse husbandry that should not be overlooked.
Usually a horse wormer is administered orally to the horse and mostly it is a paste in a convenient doser. And sometimes it can also be fed as pellets or in fluid form administered via stomach tube by your vet. However, injectable worming drugs are usually not used in horses, as side effects can be severe.
On the other hand, a modern horse wormer will paralyze rather than kill adult worms, so they will not release toxic chemicals which would harm the horse and they are unable to resist being excreted with the manure. Outside its host, an intestinal worm will die. The time between a worming treatment and the re-occurence of eggs in the manure is called “Egg reappearance period” or ERP.
So, if the specific ERP of a worming product is being exceeded (if you forget to worm regularly within the recommended time range for the product), the worm egg count will increase and again, more worm eggs will spoil the pasture and grazing and finally the horse will start ingesting increasing numbers of larvae.
It is recommended that you consult your vet and work out a decent and effective horse worming plan customized to your individual situation.