Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Maree4, Aug 29, 2010.
How often do you worm and do you do it more regularly in Spring. I usually worm every 6 weeks...
I do it at the change of each season.
So about every 3 months.
I do mine every 8 weeks strict as new horses are always coming on the property and have plenty of contact. Spring doesnt mean much to me doesnt mean i will change my worming routine. On a property with a small permanet number of horses you could really stretch it out I think.
6-8 weeks. In the last two weeks I've done them twice in 4 weeks though as I have had a few new horses come in.
Recommendations are every three months...different active (not ivermectin)
i worm every 6 weeks as does other horses in paddock and rotate wormers yearly. Equimax to strategy T
I used to worm every 6-8 weeks, but now I'm a bit more hit and miss. I have been meaning to get a worm count analysis done on the poo to see how many worms we have at the moment. I don't like the idea of worming when there may not be worms present. Plus, the wormers kill all my lovely dung beetles and I don't have the option of keeping the 8 horses off the paddocks for a couple of weeks.
Wow..I cant believe people worm so often :confused:
I hope I havent been getting it wrong all these years';'
I always thought it was a 3 month thing......but have always had my horses individually paddock so maybe that makes a difference?
Depends which wormer im using at the time and how forgetful i am but i usually try to do it every 8-10 weeks.
I also try to rotate according to the manufacturers recommendations so one year on Equimax then next year on Strategy T, with a rotation back onto Equimax twice throughout the year.
I try to worm every 3 months but its more like when i remember But i only have 2 horses who are on the property.
I use the same wormers as Ren, and do it 6 weekly, usually feet and worming at the same time makes it easy to remember when they are due. Alot of agistment places rotate horses from paddock to paddock often. I have only been here 8mths and there were horses here before me and I have no idea whether they were wormed regulary or not.
I didn't know worming killed dung bettles.
About twice a year or when new horses go into paddock(which they wormed/quarantine yarded first) Mine never seem to show any signs of worms whatsoever(manures/coats/condition etc.) so I dont over do it. I think every 6 weeks is too much and I'd rather change management strategy if it was really needed that often..
Worming does not kill dung bettles!
6 weeks is too often, you are actually creating resistance!
12 weeks is recommendations.....Princeton you have not be doing it wrong!**)
MMMM, well I am glad I asked the question. I have always wormed 6 - 8 weekly.
edited to add.....
I just read that 6 - 8 weekly worming and good pasture management is the recommendation (in australia) to eradicate small red worm.....so I think I will stick to my 6 weekly worming. Wormers with different ingrediants need to be used certain months of the year which I knew I thought you may need to worm earlier than 6 weeks in the spring months = warm weather + wet ground, perfect for hatching worm eggs. Different worms only exist at certain times of the year.
Maybe I should have researched first LOL...
The Equest wormer is my preferance as it is the only wormer out, bar ones from vets, that help managed encysted small strongyles. I also like to rotate with Stratergy T and every now and then I will use a Eqimax wormer. I go between 8-12 weeks.