Best way I know is to do fecal counts with your vet, and then deworm as dictated by the counts. The paste dewormers we have available now have made the whole process so much easier but by deworming every two-three months, we have generated a resistance to many of these products. By fecal testing, you can treat specifically for what is actually present instead of dosing with a broad spectrum product and hoping.
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.
I agree with Pheets. Over-dosing on dewormer or using the wrong de-wormer is eliminated by fecal counts. If you have a high shedder you may need more dosing, but for many horses a deworming in fall and spring will be sufficient, but verify with fecal counts. They aren’t expensive – and will save you the unneeded dewormer’s cost. I use Strongid in spring and Ivermectin Gold in fall. I have very low-shedders. (Zero counts for the last four years.) In the beginning I tested 2/yr, but because we never see anything, I test only in Spring, now.
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We only do it twice a year. Unless we’ve moved pastures or something has changed. Like we just got goats, we’re going to be worming again because of them. Just to be safe.
We also will do fecal samples to see if they need to be wormed, but with 3 horses that can get expensive. The one vet is 30 minutes away and charges $30.
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Nina – my vet is in Maryland, and my horse is in Virginia. My small animal vet (who is near my house) does fecal counts for my horse at a very minimal cost. You might try asking yours (I assume that if you have horses, you surely have dogs and/or cats) if that is an option. It could save you some money, both on the tests and wormer, particularly if you don’t need to worm your horses.
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