No one plan fits all. Each horse and property will require a different plan. As we are already seeing resistance to all medications used to deworm our horses, the plan we are using will need to change and adapt as conditions on your property and with your horses change.
This type of plan should involve an initial farm visit or phone consult. A visit or consult will allow your veterinarian to get a deworming treatment history, discuss pasture management practices and discuss each horse or group of horses’ individual needs. Faecal Egg Counts will be an important tool used to make a plan for your horses as well as to monitor for any changes to resistance on your property. Your plan will need to be monitored as the environmental conditions and animals on your property change.
Pasture management is a very important part of a deworming plan and can include picking up manure, rotational grazing, holding paddocks out for hay and resting paddocks. Harrowing is not recommended as it spreads the worm eggs all over the paddocks.
Timed and targeted deworming is important as well. This means using specific products at certain times of the year.
Dr Kara Watson DVM