How often do YOU worm?

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Mocha, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Mocha

    Mocha Well-known Member

    Just curious, how often does everyone worm there horses?
    Do you use the same, or different brands?
    Paste, pellets, etc?
  2. Arnie

    Arnie Gold Member

    Every 6-8 weeks, all four of them with paste.
    Have used the pellets before and found them useless.

    I always forget what brand I use (I have a diary but only use it when I can actually find it lol) so I just buy what ever. HL has a wormer on special every month for the next few months (not sure if I'm aloud to say that? lol).
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2008
  3. izzy2512

    izzy2512 Gold Member

    8-10 weeks or everytime they get moved to a new property/paddock/paddocked with different horses. I use different brands
  4. Dusty Road

    Dusty Road Well-known Member

    I went to a 'worming night' a few years back that was run by virbac. They recommend that you should only worm your horse about 4 times a year, at the begining and end of each 'worm season'. Also dont change your wormer everytime you worm, because you will end up with a resistence to lots of different active constituents and not just one. So this is the regime I follow as I figure they are actually trying to sell the products, but they are saying worming as often as every 6-8 weeks is not the right thing to do.

    This is just my opinion and I am not saying it is the right or wrong way to do it.
  5. Bon & Ted

    Bon & Ted Guest

    I religously worm every 6/7 weeks. Why bother waiting for them to get worms by leaving it any longer? I make sure I do it this frequently also because the horse my fella lives with hasn't been wormed in about 6 months.

    I did use pellets for a little while and they do work and are far easier - but no where near as effective as pastes.

    I don't understand why alot of people see it as unnecessary to keep to a worming schedule :confused: I personally would not let my horse go any longer than 8 weeks, even that is a stretch to me.

    Oh just a little note - remember to keep your horse off the paddocks for 24 hours after worming because it kills the dung beetles, keep them in an enclosed arena or a stable if possible :D
  6. morris

    morris Active Member

    I'm a religious wormer too...I agist and you never know what the other horses are like, and I'm also out competing or having lessons almost every weekend. 6 weekly, and I find the easiest way to remember is when she has new shoes put on by the farrier, she gets a wormer. I use pellets (Eraquell, or something like that) three times, then a paste to make sure that I am covering everything. The pellets don't provide as good cover as the pastes I was told at the store, but they're easy to give (she loves them, eats them straight from my hand), and very low stress.
    Recently I've upped her workload and we're going through shoes at a full set/month, so I'll probably start worming every second month.
    Hope this helps!:)
  7. Bon & Ted

    Bon & Ted Guest

    I found it useful to keep a diary for Ted, I've gone through the whole thing and put every six weeks that worming is needed. I only ever leave it to 7/8 weeks when I've not had time to get to HL to grab some paste.

    I think I'm the only one that does it this frequently at my agistment :)

    I wish the Eraquell was more effective :( It's just soooo easy...
  8. Remaani

    Remaani Guest

    Its funny as the 2 mares i've now acquired of the inlaws to use.... were last wormed in 2000 when i first met the OH.
    They were feed a bikkie of hay a couple of times a week, ran in a huge paddock thats fit for goats so hadnt had their feet done since 2000 as well (& teeth).

    Both are fat, shiny, good short feet (from the moss rocks/hard ground), i wormed them about 7 wks ago now & neither had worms.
    My horses were always on the farm but never in direct company.
    Amazing, they live "feral" & look better than many i've seen posted on here!! :D

    I worm every 7/8 wks, wormed today only because i've moved neddies around.
    I always use Imax Gold, a liquid wormer, goes along way & much cheaper in the long run, i buy 2 bottles & worm ALL of my neddies with some spare.
    Although today i used Strategy T, great rotating wormer, my weanling filly just looks horrible with a big potty tummy still & she's on good feed but still looks wormy, she was 1st wormed with Imax Gold when she arrived & im sure to expect worms tomorrow or Sunday, hopefully.

    Anyone here check the poo's after for worms?
    Anyone found worms after a worming, even though you worm religiously?
  9. Roe

    Roe Banned

    I look at poos all the time for anything I have never found a worm. (at the vet I saw in a bottle worms that came out of a foal they recently had in so they are out there)

    I worm 5-8 weeks with paste I change brands depending on what time of year it is and what worms are around.

    Once a year I get my horses drenched with a wormer as well it is the only time I leave them for 12 weeks which is recommended by the vet.
  10. Delrae

    Delrae Gold Member

    I worm 4 times a year and change the worming compounds after each 12 months to avoid resistance, Small redworms seem to become easily resistant to BZ compounds
    Common worming compounds are grouped on chemical type and the way in which worms are expelled or killed. Benzimidazole (BZ) compounds contain drugs that end in ‘ endazole’. Check for ingredients and spectrum of activity indicated on the label. Macrocyclic lactones or ‘mectin’ family of worming product is the most common class of wormer used in Australia today e.g. Equimax (abamectin), Equimec (Ivermectin), Equest (moxidectin).

    Obviously horses kept in larger paddocks seem to have less of a worm problem than horse kept in small paddocks
  11. retroremedy

    retroremedy Well-known Member

    I worm my horses seasonally for tapeworm and bots but I monitor intestinal worms by getting worm egg checks done. For nearly a year my horses have pulled up negative worm egg counts! It use to be a pain as I had to send off samples over east but now I have found a local lab run by a nice lady vet that does the counts for me. I hear they are going to be set up at shows so you can compete and get your horses manure checked for worm eggs all on the same day....brilliant!!! :)
  12. Petite Pastures

    Petite Pastures Well-known Member

    I am hoping this is just a worm belly ..... wormed her again yesterday and might even try psylium (sp) on her in a few days to.
  13. Remaani

    Remaani Guest

    Hahahaha PP :D, Suga is exactly the same, i used Strategy T wormers at lunch today so will see how that goes.
    Rayne still looks like that, infact she looks like she's ready to drop still, i dont think she'll get her figure back so i've retired her from the show-ring!
  14. Delrae

    Delrae Gold Member

    Niki is even heaps bigger than when you saw her PP, way to big to be an 8 week pregnancy :( I have also wormed her and she is on the psyllium trial now.. she is pooping about a teaspoon of sand per manure load (that I have found).. will put up some pics of her after I get back from perth for ppl's opinions
  15. Petite Pastures

    Petite Pastures Well-known Member

    LOL Magic (suga's mum) looks more in foal now then she did just before Suga was born LOL must be a year for fatties!!!
    Might put her on the pysillium to.
    Started Freckles and Jarrah on it tonight so will see what we get from them.
  16. izzy2512

    izzy2512 Gold Member

    That's a great idea, snaps to whoever thought of that one :) And another thing for my non horsey mum to gasp at during shows heehhe
  17. PPH

    PPH Guest

    Approx every 8 weeks and try to alternate brands according to the base ingredients, to reduce the chance of the little blighters building up a resistance.
    Cheers BM

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