The importance of putting a good worming programme into force for your horse should be taken seriously. Parasitic worms can affect the health of horses of all ages. These internal parasites can do irreversible damage to the gut and other organs and be responsible for poor condition, colic or worse still, death.
Effective worm control aims to prevent worms from completing their life-cycle and to prevent pasture contamination. These controls have moved on over the years and there are now many strategies that owners can use to help maintain their horse’s wellbeing and performance. Many of us have done routine blanket wormers, but this is no longer recommended and may encourage drug resistance.
There are many different types of wormer on the market today, but these need to be used in conjunction with good pasture management, and followed up by an egg count. The count can either be done by the vet and is not costly, or you can buy an egg counter kit from any local retailer.
If in doubt about what wormer to use and the dosages, contact your vet with your concerns.