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Worming Information for Horses Worming Information for Horses Here are some things to consider when working

out your worming plan for your horse: Chemical Categories & Active Ingredients: Wormers come in distinct chemical categories relating to how they act on various parasites:
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Benzimidazoles – these come in the form of Fenbendazole and Mebendazole Macrocyclic Lactones – these come in the form of Ivermectin and Moxidectin Tetrahydropyrimidines – this comes in the form of Pyrantel Pyrazinoisoquinolone – this comes in the form of Praziquantel and is generally used in combination with other chemical groups as it acts on Tapeworm only

When working out a worming plan for your horse or yard, it is best to select one chemical category as the basis, which you should rotate every 12-18 months to aid in the prevention of resistance and any loss of the efficacy of the wormer. The active ingredients within each chemical category acts on different parasites, so it is important to be aware of any types of parasites that active ingredient does not cover. Parasite Types: Parasite types are grouped as:
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Large Strongyles Small Strongyles Ascarids Threadworms Pinworms Lungworms Tapeworms Bots Hairworms

Vectin. Panacur Pasteor Panacur Granules or Telmin April May June July August September October Small Redworm. Equest Pramox or Equitape Eraquell. Equest Pramox or Equitape Encysted Small Redworm Larvae: Equest. Noromectin. Equest Pramox or Panacur Equine Guard. Eraquell. Strongid P. Noromectin. Equimax.Equimax. Lungworms. Eqvala n Duo orEquest Pramox Encysted Small Redworm Larvae: Equest. Tapeworm Pyratape P.Equimax.Equimax. Here is a guide on when a horse should be treated for specific parasites: Month Parasite Brands Available January February March Encysted Small Redworm and migrating Large Strongyles Tapeworm Equest.The lifecycle of a parasite also affects when you should administer the wormer. Vectin. Strongid P. Hairworm. Strongid P. Regular worm egg counts are advised to determine if there is a need for a wormer.Equest Pramox. Panacur Equine Guard or Equest Pramox Bots with Equest. Eqvalan Duo. Equest.Eqvalan. Eqvalan Duo. Pyratape P. Panacur Equine Guard or Equest Pramox November Encysted Small Redworm and migrating Large Strongyles December Bots and migrating Large Strongyles . Pyratape P. Eqvalan Duo. Large Strongyles.

Remember that these are guidelines only and indicate when it is most effective to stop the life cycle of a certain parasite. Small Strongyles. Try using worm counts to determine how and when to administer wormers in the summer months. Threadworm. along with the relevant associated product. Products: Here is a breakdown of chemical groups. their active ingredients and what they are used for. Pinworm Brands:    Panacur Equine Paste Panacur Equine Granules Panacur 5 Day Guard Active ingredient: Mebendazole Uses: Large Strongyles. Ascarids. Small Strongyles. Lungworm. Lungworm Brands:   Telmin Horse Granules Telmin Horse Paste Chemical group: Macrocyclic Lactones Active ingredient: Ivermectin Uses: Large Strongyles. Pinworm. Chemical group: Benzimidazoles Active ingredient: Fenbendazole Uses: Large Strongyles. Ascarids. Pinworm. Threadworm. Hairworm. Small Strongyles. Bot Brands: . Ascarids.

Tapeworm Brands:   Eqvalan Duo Equimax Horse Wormer Syringe Active ingredient: Moxidectin Uses: Large Strongyles. Bot. Threadworm. Bot.     Eqvalan Paste for Horses Eraquell Paste Eraquell Tablets Noromectin Vectin Gel Active ingredient: Ivermectin + Praziquantel Uses: Large Strongyles. Pinworm. Small Strongyles. Threadworm. Small Strongyles. Pinworm. Small Strongyles. Bot Brands:  Equest Oral Gel Active ingredient: Moxedectin + Praziquantel Uses: Large Strongyles. Ascarids. Threadworm. Tapeworm Brands:  Equest Pramox . Ascarids. Lungworm. Pinworm. Hairworm. Ascarids. Hairworm. Hairworm.

Ascarids. Pinworm. It is recommended that the mare should be wormed 24 weeks prior to birth. When she gives birth. Tapeworm Brands:    Pyratape-P Paste Strongid-P Granules Strongid-P Paste Chemical group: Pyrazinoisoquinolone Active ingredient: Praziquantel Uses: Tapeworm Brands:  Equitape Pregnant Mares/Lactating Mares and foals: Please check in the contra-indications and warning section of each product if the wormer is suitable for mares that are pregnant or lactating. e. Small Strongyles. During pregnancy.Chemical group: Tetrahydropyrimidines Active ingredient: Pyrantel Uses: Large Strongyles. or foals. treat your mare as normal for worms as there are some infections that can be transferred to the foal from the mare.g. Strongyloides wester can be transferred via the mare's milk. . try and keep her and the foal away from grazing that has been heavily grazed by other horses if possible to reduce the chance of picking up infection.

There is also an equation you can use if you just have a normal measuring tape = Weight (kg) = Heart girth (cm2) x Length (cm) 11. Worm counts ideally should be done through April . For more information on the EU countries worm count service we provide click here. such as Large Strongyles and Small Strongyles. . For more information on the UK worm count service we provide click here. There are several ways to work out your horses weight. bots. This should continue every four to six weeks depending on the wormer used. or encysted or migrating worms at that time in their cycle. By removing the horse's faeces regularly. Make sure in your worming plan you look to treat for these at the time of year indicated in the table above.The mare. Other advice: Field management is very important when it comes to reducing parasitic infestations. but that option isn't readily available to most! For an accurate and easy way to establish a horse's weight. Worm counts as useful as they are however don't look at tapeworm. This and trying to rotate the use of the field with different species or rotating the grazing land for the horse is good practice too. Importance of knowing your horses weight for worming: To aid in the prevention of resistance and any loss of the efficacy of the wormer it is important to dose the horse in accordance to its weight. Look to worm the foal for the first time at 6-8 weeks of age. (Regular under dosing will increase the chance parasites building up a resistance). use a weigh tape. you increase the chance of breaking the breeding cycle of endoparasites such as worms.877 Worm counts: These are great to use as an indicator to assist you in your worming programme for the majority of equine nematode type worms. and any other horse sharing grazing with them.September to aid you in your decision to worm at that time. These just go around the horse's heart girth area and tell you what the weight is without any complication. The best one would be to use weigh scales. should all be wormed at the same time from now on.