DIRECTION

What is the best DIRECTION to take when worming your horse? Is your horse one of the 20% or the 80%? When you do need to use a wormer, what is the best way to worm your horse, and with which product at what time of year?

All these questions can be daunting but something all horse owners have to face during a year. It is important to remember that the right type of treatment and a targeted approach needs to be based on accurate information about your horse.

Ask Advice - Horse wormers are a class of Prescription Only Medicines that can only be prescribed and supplied by a Veterinarian, Pharmacist or SQP (suitably qualified person). All are fully trained and qualified to offer you the latest advice so you can make sure you choose the best approach to worming your horse.

The two main objectives of parasite control are:

 - to prevent disease associated with those worms

 - to reduce pasture contamination

Targeted Treatment - If you can establish whether your horse is one of the “wormy” ones or not, you can determine what DIRECTION is best to take. In order to achieve this, your Vet or SQP may advise you have a Faecal Worm Egg Counts (FWEC) done. Contrary to popular opinion, these do not provide any indication of how many worms your horse is infected with, but they do show how much a horse is contaminating the pasture with worm eggs. Those with high counts will generally need more regular treatments with wormers, but those with low counts may only require key strategic treatments. FWEC results need to be interpreted with care and should only be done by a qualified professional.

The Best Time of Year - Some parasites such as Tapeworms, bots and larval stages of roundworms can be difficult to detect so, as a precautionary measure, all horses should be treated for these at specific times of the year. Even in those horses that need more regular treatment, consideration should be given to which parasites are relevant at different times during the year. [link to diagram of seasonal parasite targets}

The right product – It is essential to seek reliable advice on what horse wormer to use. Your local Vet or SQP will be able to provide the right Directional advice on which wormer (if any) will be appropriate for your horse, taking into consideration the time of year as well as your horse’s age and management.

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