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Effective worming regimens for adult horses aren’t too complicated. Here’s some simple but effective advice from our All Pet staff!

The first thing a horse owner should do is to take a sample of the horse droppings to a vet for advice on how many and of what kinds of worms the horses carry! Secondly, horses should be wormed every 8-12 weeks, depending on housing conditions and the wormer used. Ivermectin (Zimecterin, IverCare, Equell…) or moxidectin (Quest) products can be used every time.  There have been very few cases of worm resistance to these active ingredients; thus, there is no need to rotate.

Finally, products containing moxidectin/praziquantil (Quest Plus), ivermectin/praziquantil (Zimecterin Gold or Equimax) or a double-strength pyrantel pamoate (TapeCare Plus) should be used at least twice a year to control tape worms, as well as other worms. We prefer the ivermectin or moxidectin products that also control bot worms. This twice-a-year application can be performed at the first frost and the beginning of the pasture growing season.

This approach to horse worming management is easy and effective and can truly help horse owners enjoy time with their horses more. AM



Fall and winter are seasons to educate yourself on when it comes to the health of your horses. The following article excerpt from EQUUS magazine deals with some issues which can arise after the first frost. AM

– Some deciduous leaves can be deadly in fall, particularly those of red maple and wild cherry trees. Identify all such seasonally toxic trees on your property, and keep horses from their fallen leaves for at least 30 days. Also, during this time of fall fix-ups, be alert for yard wastes that might be dumped within reach of your horses. Besides toxic leaves, they may include highly hazardous landscape trimmings, such as yew and oleander.

– Frosty nights make for dew-soaked morning pastures that can contribute to scratches on horses’ pasterns and “dew poisoning,” the painful puckering and cracking of the skin on the muzzle. Treat both conditions by gently but thoroughly cleaning the affected skin and, after drying, coating it with an anti-chapping agent, such as Desitin ointment.

– Many larger flies are killed off by the first frost, but smaller pests, such as gnats and horn flies, seem to go into a final frenzy of activity as cold approaches. Head shaking, eye and ear irritation, and crustiness along the belly midline are all signs of this last attack. Keep fly masks, ear covers and insectide protection going for a few more weeks.

– The return of cooler, wetter weather can produce a flush of lush pasture growth that could potentially trigger laminitiso via an equine digestive tract long accustomed to parched forage. Keep at-risk horses off of regreening pastures or supply free-choice hay so they can take in gut-stabilizing roughage along with the succulent growth.