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Get Rid of Parasites Before They Attack Your Horse

By May 31, 2022November 16th, 2022No Comments

To get rid of parasites before they attack your horse, follow these suggestions from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP):

  1. Pick up and dispose of manure droppings in the pasture at least twice weekly.
  2. Mow and harrow pastures regularly break up manure piles and expose parasites eggs and larvae to the elements.
  3. Rotate pastures by allowing other livestock, such as sheep or cattle, to graze them, thereby interrupting the life cycle of the parasites.
  4. Group horses by age to reduce exposure to certain parasites and maximize the deworming program geared to that group.
  5. Keep the number of horses per acre to a minimum to prevent overgrazing and reduce the fecal contamination per acre.
  6. Use a feeder for hay and grain rather than feeding on the ground.
  7. Remove bot eggs quickly and regularly from the horse’s haircoat to prevent ingestion.
  8. Rotate deworming agents, not just brand names, to prevent chemical resistance.
  9. Consult your veterinarian to set up an effective and regular deworming schedule.

With the many safe, convenient products available today, establishing an effective deworming program is easy.  Discuss a plan with your veterinarian and implement it without delay.  A good parasite control program will go a long way toward maximizing your horse’s appearance, performance, and comfort.  The net result will be an animal that is as healthy on the inside as it appears on the outside.