To maintain the health of your horse all factors should be considered when formulating a worming control strategy.

Each horse is individual and every situation different thereforea generic solution will never be ideal when it comes to worm control.

Resistance can reduce the effectiveness of controlling parasites by worming if the products are used too frequently. Wormers must be used responsibley

The roundworm life cycle:

Eggs are passed in horse dung.  Larvae then develop as the eggs hatch. As the horse grazes larvae are consumed.  Once inside the horse after maturing the larvae migrate to various sites.  When the larvae become adults eggs are laid and these are passed in dung and the whole process starts again.

To help control the life cycle pasture management must be undertaken.  By removing droppings in the grazing season twice per week and once a week in the non grazing season the numbers will be reduced.  If possible cross graze with sheep and cattle. This will reduce the burden of parasites on the pasture as most worms are host-specific.

In addition resting the pasture for 3 months will  help reduce the burden. The weather can also help for example severe frosts will help break the cycle


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