Understanding and Managing Worming for your Horse

Understanding and Managing Worming for your Horse

Most equestrians are familiar with worms – a term which describes a wide variety of parasites, all of which reproduce inside a horse’s gut, but understanding and managing worming for your horse is a big subject. In sufficiently large numbers, they can pose a severe risk to their host; an infested horse will likely suffer from a variety of digestive problems – which unfortunately in some cases, can even prove fatal.

Guarding against worms however, is a tricky business – while treatments are available, they should be used only sparingly for reasons which will become clear. Read more

Is it Necessary to Stable a Horse After Worming?

As any horse lover and keeper knows; equine worms are an ever present threat. They can have an effect on all breeds of horse, ponies and donkeys and can be caught within the stable or when they are out grazing. Failing to control these parasites can result in severe weight loss, colic and even death. But aside from giving equine pramox or another type of wormer to your horse, do you need to do anything else? Some people argue that stabling a horse after worming is correct practice; however changing a horse’s routine can be very disruptive.

When your horses have worms, you want to go about it correctly to maintain a control on the problem; unfortunately you will never completely eradicate worms. As worms are spread through droppings it is wise to take precautions to make sure your beloved animals have minimal contact with the parasites again.

Horses Living Out

After worming your horse or horses with the appropriate wormer for that time of year, you should leave them in that field for 24 – 36 hours. After this process you should relocate them on to a fresh, clean field. If you haven’t been doing regular dung collecting, to help the paddock recover and reduce the egg burden, combine harrowing with a good lengthy rest (approx. 3 months). Harrowing a dirty pasture will effectively spread the worm eggs and larvae, and combined with pasture resting reduce the worm population.

Horses Living In

If your horse predominately spends time in the stable, after worming you should keep them stabled for approximately 48 hours. After this period, it is wise to completely muck out the stable, removing all dirty bedding. After the stable is empty, thoroughly clean the entire area with a tough disinfectant. Replace all the bedding with a fresh variety and make sure to scrub all feed and water buckets thoroughly.

New Arrivals

When you have a new horse, you should treat them with equine wormers such as equest pramox as a general rule. They should be isolated to their own field initially and kept away from your other equines. This will prevent any unknown parasites from infecting other horses in the area.