Deworming: Readers Discuss Their Barns' Protocols

More than 560 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Does your barn follow a standardized deworming program, using the same product at the same time for every horse?"

results of poll on ulcers

Results were as follows:

  • Yes: 62.83% (355)
  • No, we use fecal egg count testing: 17.70% (100)
  • No, I don't think it's necessary: 10.44% (59)
  • No, but I wish we did: 9.03% (51)

Readers share their barns' deworming practices in the comments below.

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  • I will never keep my horse at a farm which has a "standardized deworming program".
  • Equest/Equest Pramox
  • its not good to use the same product over and over as the parasites develop an immunity to it.
  • Daily worming Strongyd c 2X
  • I said yes because it has worked well for me for over 30 years!
  • only have 2 horses so it is easy to take care of
  • No. We definitely use fecal egg count tests. Using dewormer on an as-needed basis.
  • strongid 2x daily, ivermectrin may, november
  • I use ivermectin every 3 months and treat for bots once per year.
  • And will adjust the wormer used per horse/worm/environmental needs.
  • I use fecal egg count - barn has a schedule
  • Every horse owner is responsible for their own deworming schedule; but the barn will worm the horses
  • Stable owners advertise "40 years experience" (of what?)
  • I deworm 4 times a year,(AZ) Ivermectin Spring Summer Fall(Habro), Panacur in the Winter.
  • Makes things so much easier
  • we use Strongid C throughout our barn.
  • Right now we are, with the 6 month premium rotation, but i am looking into doing the fecal count
  • I run FECs 2x/year to check shedding rate. Then, my vet gives the schedule. No-one else does this.
  • I can't stand that my bm is so lax abt worming.
  • also use fecal counts
  • I board, and all horses are on individual programs
  • Rotation with all horses on same wormer at same time.
  • And I hate that they do it that way.
  • only have 4 horses so I use the same thing on all but only when test shows a need
  • No-fecal counts - if I need to worm I use tried and true Ivermectin
  • Each owner does his own
  • smart pak daily, and ivercare or zimetricn gold every 6months
  • Mine are kept at home. I rotate wormers. Don't do fecal egg count.
  • I use fecal egg count and 2X per year tube worming. Barn buddies use tube worming and paste.
  • I personally do fecal egg counts
  • Yes, but I wish they did FECs instead
  • I don't go to the barn as often
  • fewer trips, consolidate shopping into one trip around town
  • We all follow a similar, but not identical 2-month rotation deworming schedule.
  • No, everyone does their own horse.
  • "i" use fecal egg counting. The barn I'm at does not, even thought I have warned the owner against
  • Standardized protocols are NOT the way to go. We implement Pfizer's Horse ID program with our vet.
  • Mine are at home so it is easy.
  • With deworming program, dehydrated Garlic is added daily as a natural agent for worms.
  • ages and worm load dictate type of wormer used
  • and we use fecal egg count testing
  • i regularly deworm all my horses on a rotation schedule that fits my area.
  • "herd" of 2, kept at home
  • stay home, being more choosy about which rides i attend, trailer pool with other horse owners. . .
  • Used to, but now switching to individual plan based on FEC
  • stop going
  • Have a good wormer rotation going for several years now.
  • Commute in a small car, leave the truck for the ranch work and hauling
  • I have retired broodmares that never leave farm, no new horses in years, deworm 2x yr only
  • yes but I wish we didn't
  • We have ours turned out and rotate wormers to include one with praziquantel once a year
  • Few horses leave the property, and each owner is very responsible
  • Other boarders refuse--they say they can get cheaper dewormer so they don't want to join us.
  • Environmental management & keep the horses healthy to naturally be worm resistent. Rarely chem dworm
  • There are several vets who see horses at our barn. So, we all go by what are personal vet says.
  • fecal testing
  • The barn I board at does all the deworming to keep the farm as parasite free as possible.
  • yes but I wish we didn't
  • We have ours turned out and rotate wormers to include one with praziquantel once a year
  • Few horses leave the property, and each owner is very responsible
  • Other boarders refuse--they say they can get cheaper dewormer so they don't want to join us.
  • Environmental management & keep the horses healthy to naturally be worm resistent. Rarely chem dworm
  • There are several vets who see horses at our barn. So, we all go by what are personal vet says.
  • fecal testing
  • The barn I board at does all the deworming to keep the farm as parasite free as possible.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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