To keep worming simple yet effective we recommend using the protocols shown in the images below

Planning your worming strategy

In order to make this decision process more transparent we have implemented a “worming package”, in which the diagrams below form the basis of our treatment protocol.

This package includes us assessing your specific horses risk in its given population. We will use the diagrams below to select which animals need treatment, which need monitoring and coupled with advice on pasture management we hope to keep worm burdens to an acceptable level.

The F&P Worming Package

For Just £65/yr!

For £65 you get……

  • 3 worm egg counts during the grazing season
  • 1 free worm egg count re-test if we suspect resistance is on your yard
  • 1 Tapeworm saliva test
  • 1 Redworm blood test
  • And most importantly ALL the advice required to interpret the results.

* Prices and terms correct at time of writing (April 2020). We reserve the right to change the package as required.

Careful consideration should always be made when choosing when and how to worm horses. Using the flow diagram below you should be able to put your horse into one of three categories. Low / Medium and High risk.

(FEC = Feacal Egg Count / Worm Count)

(Credit: Austin Davies Biologics Ltd).
Worming Protcol
(Credit: Austin Davies Biologics Ltd).

Low risk:

  • Worm egg counts below 50
  • Closed herds
  • Good paddock management
  • Low stocking density
  • Regular “poo” picking

Medium risk:

  • Worm egg counts up to 200
  • Closed herds
  • Good paddock management
  • Low stocking density
  • Sporadic “poo” picking

High risk:

  • Worm egg counts above 250
  • High herd turnover
  • Poor paddock management
  • High stocking density
  • No “poo” picking

For more detailed information and videos on how to worm you horse and why we need to worm read our nurses blog here: How to worm you horse

Types of wormers

  • Fenbendazole (Panacur) and Mebendazole (Telmin)
  • Target: Stomach and intestinal worms including larval, migrating and encysted stages,  lungworm and also kills the nematode (worm) eggs
  • Length of action: 6-8 weeks
  • Pyrantel  (Pyratape P & Strongid P)
  • Target: Stomach,  intestinal worms and tapeworms
  • Length of action: 4-6 weeks
  • Ivermectin (Eqvalan, Vectin) and Moxidectin (Equest)
  • Target: Stomach and intestinal worms including larval arterial and tissue stages, lungworm and bot fly larvae
  • Length of action 8-12 weeks
  • Praziquantel (Equitape)
  • Target: Tapeworm
  • Twice yearly treatment, 6 months apart ideally in Spring (March) and Autumn (Sept)

What worm eggs look like under the microscope

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