Tackling Parasites

When do you administer dewormer for the first time in a new year?

Jan. 1 to Feb. 28
Mar. 1 to Apr. 30
May 1 to June 30
July 1 to Aug. 31
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31
Nov. 1 to Dec. 31
I don't deworm my horse(s)
I use a daily dewormer product

Total votes cast: 775

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Parasite-free property (for years). Have fecal checks done biannually.

2/28/2011 10:50:19 PM

I live at 5600 ft high and it's cold.

2/28/2011 3:01:41 PM

My deworming schedule is timed with my farrier's visits, every 6 weeks

2/27/2011 9:09:02 PM

with a product best suited to killing encysted larvae

2/27/2011 6:49:52 PM

We have always wormed 4 x's year, we are changing to 2 x's/year. We clip our pastures, use rotation.

2/27/2011 6:46:59 PM

Fecal egg counts indicate when to deworm (winter deworming is for bot larvae and tapes)

2/27/2011 3:08:44 PM

When the ground is no longer frozen and the days are warm enough to support parasite survival.

2/27/2011 3:02:24 PM

just before the green grass grows for grazing

2/27/2011 2:34:23 PM

This is not a meaningful question -- Age sets the scedule for young horses, foaling/breeding for mar

2/27/2011 1:22:58 PM

people think parasites die in the winter, they do not, so I make sure they are cleaned for spring

2/27/2011 12:04:57 PM

I do a Powerpak in January

2/27/2011 10:34:29 AM

get fecal first to make sure they have worms

2/27/2011 9:31:03 AM


2/26/2011 11:33:10 PM

this year we started fecal egg count, and deworm according to our horse's needs.

2/26/2011 9:02:21 PM

we do fecals every 8 weeks and deworm as needed. surprised you dont list this as an option here

2/26/2011 4:37:49 PM

I also use garlic and apple cider vinegar daily in his grain

2/26/2011 1:17:32 PM

i dont have a horse but want to get one!

2/25/2011 11:22:02 PM

4 x's a year, spring, july, first frost, and then the end of december

2/25/2011 10:23:06 PM

Tapecare Plus (Pyrantel Pamoate)

2/25/2011 10:18:44 PM

I use a paste dewormer twice per year in adition.

2/25/2011 6:37:34 PM

January is Safeguard for me.

2/25/2011 3:45:07 PM

equest pramox

2/25/2011 3:36:14 PM

moxidectin in March

2/25/2011 2:47:11 PM

Use CW wormer & paste worm once after 1st hard freeze. Should I consider not using daily wormer?

2/25/2011 2:16:50 PM

live in moderate southern climate with limited space, no rotation of pasture available

2/25/2011 12:06:49 PM

Use daily wormer plus a dose of Equimax in March & September. Texas

2/25/2011 11:54:29 AM

We live in FL, our winter is warm, so we start early

2/25/2011 11:38:31 AM

I deworm only when fecal egg counts indicate for each individual.

2/25/2011 8:39:29 AM

I rotationally deworm my horse six times a year, every even month..

2/25/2011 1:34:13 AM

I also do a purge with ievermectin in March or April in addition to the daily dewormer.

2/24/2011 9:14:57 PM

our horses are wormed at 12 week intervals, with a rotation of products. Parasite count done in Apr

2/24/2011 9:14:06 PM

I use Quest or Panacure in Feb. for incested larvae.

2/24/2011 6:51:40 PM

I deworm when a fecal egg count shows it needs to be done

2/24/2011 5:48:22 PM

I worm quarterly.

2/24/2011 5:18:58 PM

fecal tests determine timing

2/24/2011 4:19:14 PM

I only deworm after I get a positive fecal check. I check every 4 mo.

2/24/2011 4:00:17 PM

I do fecile tests to determine who needs deworming first, sometimes I only de-worm 1x a yr

2/24/2011 3:42:01 PM

Diaotamaous Earth, helps with worms and fly population, we check fecal for worms 2 times a year

2/24/2011 3:07:26 PM

I do FECs on them in March and confer w/my vet

2/24/2011 1:39:30 PM

Valentine's, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Tgiving for tapeworm

2/24/2011 12:07:12 PM

Timing will depend on your location, I am in Northern Ontario Canada - this is when the snow goes.

2/24/2011 9:00:12 AM


2/24/2011 8:46:46 AM

I deworm every other month starting with Jan. 1st except for my minis, who are given a daily wormer

2/24/2011 2:14:23 AM

I check the feces for eggs to determine when to deworm.

2/23/2011 11:33:18 PM

I use diatomaceous earth and do fecal egg counts

2/23/2011 8:34:24 PM

You don't have a "none of the above" I worm when they need it not by the calander

2/23/2011 8:00:28 PM

Follow the schedule set by my vet.

2/23/2011 5:41:33 PM

Do fecal checks, don't need to deworm.

2/23/2011 4:05:32 PM

I deworm every 2-3 months.

2/23/2011 3:16:22 PM

worm for Tapeworms in spring then do worm counts twice in summer

2/23/2011 2:56:00 PM

Daily dewormer nips the baby bugs in the bud. No worm load for my guy.

2/23/2011 2:54:28 PM

we should all be doing fecals, I believe

2/23/2011 2:12:11 PM

panacur powerpak

2/23/2011 1:13:49 PM

It's not based on the calendar; depends on when it was last done, and FEC if done.

2/23/2011 1:06:15 PM

also ourge twice a year, April and Oct

2/23/2011 12:34:25 PM

Every six weeks year round. It's the Vet's suggestion for our mild climate.

2/23/2011 11:32:26 AM

daily dewormer and a paste by the end of April (we are the only one at the barn on a daily)

2/23/2011 10:06:00 AM

Don't - Neg fecal counts. Will worm when needed , low stress, good health, Equinezyme

2/23/2011 9:34:27 AM

After fecal parasite testing, I have gone to deworming twice a year rather than 6 times a year.

2/23/2011 8:16:14 AM

I have a regular schedule set by my vet. I am deworming every other month.

2/23/2011 8:10:25 AM

diatomaceous earth

2/23/2011 7:14:28 AM

i dont .i pick up dung daily.and do worm counts twice a year,havent used a wormer for 16 years.

2/23/2011 7:10:33 AM

6 weeks after the last previous deworming unless circumstances require it more often

2/23/2011 5:20:21 AM

My horses ar wormed every 6 to 8 weeks

2/23/2011 5:01:58 AM

when the faecal egg count is indicating treatment (above epg 200)

2/23/2011 2:42:08 AM

May, since we live in northern MN.

2/23/2011 2:05:41 AM

I deworm with a paste 2x a year. I feed a daily supplement that contains diatomaceous earth in it .

2/23/2011 1:31:57 AM

Our veterinarians are recommeding we get a fecal worm count first

2/22/2011 10:55:51 PM

I have a fecal done if no worms I don't deworm

2/22/2011 9:44:02 PM

I use natural dewormers (herbal, garlic, etc)

2/22/2011 9:17:46 PM

I don't deworm unless the fecal check comes back positive and then I deworm for what my horses have.

2/22/2011 8:45:08 PM

We use Strongid C and Ivermectin 2 to 3 times per year

2/22/2011 8:43:18 PM

ivermecton, after heavy frost for bots

2/22/2011 8:19:02 PM

Worms, like mosquitoes, are year round in SoCal.

2/22/2011 8:08:42 PM

everytime the ferrier comes

2/22/2011 7:52:22 PM

We deworm based on fecal analyses.

2/22/2011 7:09:16 PM

I rotate wormers once every two months

2/22/2011 6:38:20 PM

fecal samples twice per year & worm accordingly

2/22/2011 6:32:15 PM

I use Strongid-C, but still deworm with paste during April and October.

2/22/2011 6:18:27 PM

Every 60 days

2/22/2011 6:14:19 PM

when Farrier comes

2/22/2011 6:05:56 PM

On my vet's recommendation for this area, the first D/W is Ivermectin, at thebeginning of February.

2/22/2011 5:56:20 PM

Dewormed every 6 weeks all year

2/22/2011 5:46:14 PM

Twice yearly plus daily feed through

2/22/2011 5:09:29 PM

we worm year round

2/22/2011 5:00:40 PM

every 4 months

2/22/2011 4:59:42 PM

Ivermectin q3months + Strongid every February

2/22/2011 4:50:43 PM

In the hot humid climate, we must worm year round.

2/22/2011 4:37:36 PM

based on FEC's

2/22/2011 4:34:55 PM

Use daily wormer, paste 2x a year and fecals once a year.

2/22/2011 4:34:12 PM

I live in a fairly cold region but HUGE believer in regular rotational worming

2/22/2011 4:32:52 PM

Do targeted deworming with fecal egg counts and vet recommended schedule based on results.

2/22/2011 4:28:27 PM

every 2 months rotating between 4 different products

2/22/2011 4:27:21 PM

Panacur .... New Years Day

2/22/2011 3:52:26 PM

vet is now saying we should worm less and just check stool and treat as needed. thinking of changin

2/22/2011 3:38:54 PM

6 weeks from last deworming...no matter what the date

2/22/2011 12:24:27 PM

Usually end of Feb, before spring thaw.

2/22/2011 12:22:43 PM

I shoe every 8 weeks and that's the day I worm all 8 horses since they're already caught.

2/22/2011 12:06:47 PM


2/22/2011 10:23:09 AM

I warm about 4 times a year

2/22/2011 7:44:20 AM

started doing fecal egg counts last year so won't deworm too often

2/22/2011 12:25:38 AM