Recent freezing temperatures, and heavy frosts should have done the job of killing off any dormant parasites on your paddocks, so if you haven’t already done your spring worming, now is the time. If you dosed your horse with Pramox in Autumn, an Equest wormer now will address any issues with encysted small redworm – and if you didn’t use Pramox last time, a dose now will also get rid of tapeworm.
We’re all for tactical worming, so would recommend a faecal egg count (FEC) to give you an idea of your horses parasitic load, but don’t forget that FEC’s don’t show tapeworm burden or encysted small redworm infestation – hence our advice to treat your horse now. If you want to test, the saliva test from Equisal will show a tapeworm burden – let us know if you’d like us to order the kit for you – same goes for FEC test kits.
And finally, management is key in dealing with worms, so make sure you are clearing paddocks regularly, worming new horses (and keeping them off your fields) before integrating them with existing horses, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need our advice about constructing a failsafe worming programme.