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10 myths of equine worming

Posted by Wormers-Direct on 19th Dec 2019

10 myths of equine worming

All products need to be double dosed to treat Tapeworm.

NO: Only those that use Pyrantel as the active ingredient.

It is better to give more dose than the horse actually needs.

NO: The best dose is the exact dose so work out the body weight of each horse but do not underdose as this can lead to resistance.

Each tube will treat a standard sized horse.

NO: There is no such thing as a standard size horse and different brands and different pack sizes treat different body weights.

Combination wormers (those containing more than one active ingredient) will treat all the equine worms.

NO: Different brands contain different combinations of ingredients so treat a different range of parasites.

If you are treating with the correct wormers then Pinworm cannot become an issue

NO: Horses can be infected with pinworm from eggs left in the stable and environment.

You can give donkeys any wormer that you can give to horses

NO: You can only use particular brands that have been licensed for use in donkeys.

Worm egg counts test for all horse worms.

NO: Standard faecal egg counts don’t test for Encysted Small Redworm or Pinworm or Tapeworm.

Treatment needs doing at least 4 times per year.

NO: Treatments need doing when necessary which we find out by testing, planning and pasture management.

Some active ingredients do not work anymore.

NO: There is resistance to some ingredients but they still have a place to play in a managed treatment plan thereby retaining alternative drugs within the range available for equine treatment.