Horse Wormers

As we referred to earlier, horse wormers are designed to be an effective parasite control for your equine companion.

Easy, efficient delivery methods, coupled with sound veterinary advice, can be the block between you and your horse and a myriad of health issues from minor irritation to the extreme, being death.

Effective parasidic control is related to pasture management and hygiene as well as having an effective worming plan. It is said that one is not effective without the other.

Today’s wormers paralyze rather than kill adult worms. Paralyzed parasites will not release their toxins and are unable to resist being discharged from the horse’s gut through manure.

How are Horse Wormers administered?

Generally speaking worming paste is given orally. Dosage is based on weight, breed, age and sometimes the time of year. A veterinarian should always be consulted regarding frequency, however, as a general rule of thumb, worming sessions are approximately 3 months apart.

There are also types of wormers which are fed as pellets or in fluid form through a stomach tube. These are generally administered by the advice of your local veterinarian.

A Worming Plan..,

Horse wormers must be rotated. Wormers vary when it comes to the species and life stages of parasites they affect and worms can become resistant to a particular brand. No single drug will kill all of the internal parasites out there. Not rotating would lower the wormers effectiveness to the point where it may not be effective on the parasite that it was intended for any more.

Did you know.., under-dosing for a horses weight can lead to a worm resistant population.

Under dose and over dose.., both are of equal concern. Under dosing can lead to a worm resistant population. Where over dosing can lead to colic and other horse health considerations.

The time between a worming treatment should be discussed with the veterinarian for your area. If you are not worming regularly enough, the re-occurrence or eggs in the manure will increase to be re-ingested, thus starting the cycle again.

Keep records.
Keep accurate records of your horse wormer program including the date and when the product was last used. This will make sure that your equine’s health is foremost and that wormers are never administered too frequently or under frequently than recommended.

If possible, rotate grazing pastures approximately 48 hours after worming to help prevent the spread of unwanted parasites.

Try to stay away from feeding your horses off the stable floor.

Applying Horse Wormers..,

Administering wormer is not the complicated process of the past. Wormers are usually a paste in a convenient syringe like tube.

Generally speaking worm paste is given orally. Dosage is based on weight, breed, age and sometimes the time of year.

Halter your horse. Confirm that your horse’s mouth is completely empty and therefore is able to consume the paste.

Holding the halter steady with one hand, gently insert the wormer tube into the corner of your horse’s mouth. If you insert the tube at an approximate 45 degree angle you should be able to slide past the back teeth.

Gently empty the syringe into the horse’s mouth as you allow the head to somewhat elevate. Moving the syringe back and forth will make it more difficult to spit the paste out. Allow your horse to keep its head up until the paste is fully swallowed. If there is anything left in the tube, then back to step 1 or 2 until it is done.

Horse Wormers: A General description of how the horse digests. Some of the parasites that affect the equine. And an overview of how horse wormer works.

PLEASE NOTE: This web page is based on the research and conversations that we have had with various people and professionals on the subject of horses health and horse wormer requirements and is not intended to replace veterinary care for your animals. We do not accept liability for errors or omissions. A vet, horse nutritionist or other trained professional should always be consulted with any equine concerns, or before changing any feeding or care regime.