Autumn Worming For Your Horse October 15 2015

Autumn is the ideal time to treat your horses for tapeworm. Your horse can appear healthy on the outside yet still have a worm burden. The risk of Tapeworm can be higher after prolonged periods of grazing. It is advisable to treat or test your horse at the end of a summer when they have probably spent more time at grass so now is the time to get organised and order your worming supplies.
Check that the active ingredients are the right ones for the types of worms you are targeting and ensure you follow a worming program to prevent worms becoming resistant to the active ingredient. It is important to be aware that not all wormers kill tapeworms.
Careful field management and correct treatment will ensure that tapeworms are kept under control.

Pasture Management

Regular poo picking – Ideally around twice a week, this will reduce the risk of eggs developing.
Don’t overstock – not over loading your grazing will not only reduce amount of droppings but allow your horse to graze selectively and reduce the risk of ingesting worm larvae.
Don’t use horse manure as fertiliser –spreading manure on the pasture will increase the risk of spreading parasites.
Rotation – if you are able to rotate your horse to new pasture it allows eggs and larvae to die off. Harrowing rested pasture can expose larvae to the sun. If you have just wormed your horse it is advisable not to move them to new pasture straight away.
Mixed grazing – cattle and sheep will happily eat grasses that your horse will leave. Equine parasites will not survive in the life stock host.