SpottedLady09

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I deworm my sheep 2-3 times a year, so how often do I deworm my horse? Her previous owner said she was last dewormed in May. I'm guessing I should get her some paste pretty soon?

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You can do a fecal to see if she even needs it. Many types of parasites are developing immunities to deworming chemicals. That being said, I still try to hit mine at least twice a year with varied types.

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When I boarded at a good sized boarding facility, per contract we dewormed with specific dewormers every other month. Between horses in/out and just the number of animals, it made sense.

The 7 horse family farm I'm boarding at now doesn't require any deworming but I feel better if I deworm at the very least every fall and spring. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense if I'm the only one doing it since my mare will probably pick it up through other's poop, but I just feel better about it.

As far as varied types -- different brands have different active ingredients, which target different types of worms. Different worms are more prominent differrent times of the year. Do a google search to find a basic deworming chart that lists which active ingredient to use.

I don't know how much a fecal costs off the top of my head. Not very much, I think. You can even bring the poop yourself to the clinic.

Edited by chino is neato007

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I have heard that if you go the fecal route it costs about the same as if you were doing a routine worming program. The bright side is that you aren't worming your horse for worms it doesn't have. I want to start the fecal route someday but for now I'm like chino and just worm a few times a year.

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Looks like I need to open another browser window then, while I still have some time to mess around online. Thank you for the advice and first hand experiences. Lol I hope I don't drive people crazy with my questions. But I was directed here by a couple strangers at fleet farm, that said even if I don't become a member, I can still learn a lot by just reading.

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Varied types, as in different brands, I'm assuming?

I suppose I need to ask a vet for fecal testing huh? Wonder how much that would cost.

Fecals can be very cheap, and deworming is hard on their guts.

Dewormers come in different classes, each having different parasite as their main targets. ivermectin, for instance, is a pretty good broad-spectrum dewormer but will not work well against certain parasites, like bot flies.

Parasites can, and do, become immune to the effects of certain dewormers over time, much like antibiotic use. Rotating classes of dewormers, and only deworming when necessary, are important in fighting parasite resistance

edited for spelling

Edited by Greenhaven

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I do a fecal on my boys in the fall & spring. The test is only like $13 each about the same at worming them. But I have the knowledge of knowing if the test comes back positive that I am treating for that one parasite. Plus this way I don't have to worry about rotating & having to keep track of when they are to be wormed.

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I pay 15 for a fecal for my mare twice a year. If it comes back that she needs a dewormer, that is included in the price.

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For a fecal, just pick up a few manure balls in a plastic bag, take to a vet soon, cost is about $14.00 here. Usually get a reply in a few hours, and a recommendation for treatment if needed.

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I wanted to bump this to add a question as it's exactly what I was wondering. Through reading this I have a new one: Do regular vets perform this even if they don't have an equine specialist on staff?

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I gotcha. I've called around the vets in the area and apparently none of them are set up for horses at the facility. A couple of them simply have equine vets working for them, and there's one who is freelance.

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Any competent vet should be able to perform a fecal. It's not difficult.

YOU can perform a fecal yourself! All you need is a few supplies, the most expensive will be a good microscope, but it will pay for itself in no time.

I want to *strongly* encourage people to evolve past routine deworming and begin to fecal and deworm accordingly. Resistance to dewormers is wreaking havoc among the goat world like you would not believe. How long until horse specific parasites are on the same path?

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It's no different than humans overkilling on the antibiotics, so I agree with you totally. I will look into the DYI poop exams down the line, I don't mind taking that to a vet to get me started lol.

Thank you both!

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