Rotational Deworming

What would make you stop using a rotational deworming program?

Proof that it isn't necessary/working on my farm
A recommendation from my vet
I don't currently rotate dewormers
Nothing, I think rotating dewormers is best for my horse

Total votes cast: 874

Comments & Write-in Answers

Proof would have to stand up to repeated testing.

6/13/2011 4:18:50 PM

I use diatomaceous earth, haven't used a commercial wormer in 16 years.

6/13/2011 3:52:48 PM

I use a daily wormer plus spring and fall treatments with Ivemectin or Quest have never had a colic

6/13/2011 12:42:30 PM

we deworm 2 times a year

6/13/2011 7:44:57 AM

I agree we have to change our ways and catch up to the 21st century for the good of our horses.

6/12/2011 9:33:33 AM

do fecal test

6/11/2011 8:01:30 AM

No such thing as 'proof' but good evidence to do something alternative would be needed before change

6/10/2011 9:22:17 PM

I will continue my horse's rotation program, as I feel it does help him.

6/10/2011 8:35:11 PM

Proof that it's not necessary via fecal count every so often, which would determine....worm or not.

6/10/2011 6:59:43 PM

only worm when fecal shows high egg count

6/10/2011 6:30:30 PM

My horses' fecal tests are normal. Equimax give in Dec. for tapes.

6/10/2011 5:27:17 PM

Vet has just changed us to "test" and worm if needed based on results.

6/10/2011 4:06:11 PM

accurate fec from my vet every 3 months

6/10/2011 3:56:55 PM

I have changed to using fecal samples to determine deworming

6/10/2011 3:07:55 PM

A fecal egg count shows what's really there, as opposed to what we worms think are there.

6/10/2011 2:20:04 PM

reasonable cost and easy way to do test

6/10/2011 1:50:27 PM

Itave already stopped and am doing fecal counts

6/10/2011 1:11:26 PM

i get fecal worm egg counts done twice yearly

6/10/2011 8:59:06 AM

I use the vet-recommended dewormer as needed based on FEC tests

6/10/2011 7:55:04 AM

I do worm egg counts, which show normally 0, and give Equimax in November for tape worm.

6/10/2011 7:47:02 AM

Ou barn owner dictates who gets what, and when. She's the only barn, in our area, with NO parasites!

6/10/2011 1:48:53 AM

Availability of easy tests would help

6/10/2011 12:15:05 AM

I try to keep up with new info and have routine discussions with my vet about best/latest ideas.

6/9/2011 11:18:22 PM

Using fecal egg counts to determine schedule.

6/9/2011 10:03:14 PM

i have been doing FEC for a year & LOVE the fact my horse does not get chemicals she doesn't need

6/9/2011 9:48:25 PM

we only worm if fecal tests shows it's necessary

6/9/2011 9:40:38 PM

I actually stopped this year/ Had a fecal done and my horse had no eggs.

6/9/2011 6:48:23 PM

Only deworm 2-3 times a year anyway

6/9/2011 6:21:27 PM

it's already been proven that rotational deworming is out of date!

6/9/2011 5:58:17 PM

i use a daily wormer.

6/9/2011 3:01:29 PM

I do fecals on my own horses and worm them as needed

6/9/2011 12:31:26 PM

I do a fecal count twice a year and then use whatever the vet recommends.

6/9/2011 9:45:09 AM

If fecals were not so expensive for several horses

6/9/2011 9:16:12 AM

its worked for over 30 years for me "why change"

6/9/2011 6:32:08 AM

I use targeted de-worming with egg counts

6/9/2011 6:16:23 AM

I do a fecal egg count, then rely on vet's recommendation.

6/8/2011 10:56:37 PM

I do fecal worm testing before deworming and then determine from the results which dewormer to use.

6/8/2011 10:13:36 PM

Fecal testing then use the right product.

6/8/2011 9:50:02 PM

I worm in the spring and then do stool collections to take to the vet for egg counts.

6/8/2011 5:07:24 PM

Have not rotated for many years--resistance in SE makes it useless

6/8/2011 3:50:35 PM

N.O.M.S. powder works GREAT!

6/8/2011 3:48:11 PM

most do not work anymore

6/8/2011 3:44:46 PM

Sheep industry learned what happens w/routine deworming-resistance to all products.

6/8/2011 2:14:52 PM

Stopped for a year. Used only Quest Plus. Fecal exam after 1 yr on 7 horses, 0 parasites.

6/8/2011 1:28:09 PM

"closed" herd, fecal exams show minimal infestation, deworm only as necessary

6/8/2011 10:29:15 AM

Without the OK from my vet, i would not stop my current worming program.

6/8/2011 8:47:06 AM

I use feed-thru wormer and have never had a problem in 10+ yrs

6/8/2011 7:50:31 AM

I have stool samples checked and then worm accordingly. There is really no fool proof method

6/8/2011 3:03:02 AM

Some I rotate and some I don't. Depends on the horse.

6/8/2011 1:40:18 AM

have tried rotations and when not using zimectrin gold my horses got pin worms

6/8/2011 12:49:20 AM

if the vet says switch, I will

6/7/2011 10:04:37 PM

I do an annual fecal exam with my vet to determine what deworming is required.

6/7/2011 9:36:11 PM

Too much info showing rotational deworming is no longer valid. We use Pfizer's Horse ID program

6/7/2011 9:23:13 PM

I only worm when the fecal exams indicate it's necessary; then I know what type of worm to eradicate

6/7/2011 9:21:42 PM

Cheap do it yourself fecal tests

6/7/2011 8:53:03 PM

I rotate thinking i should. but what about daily deworming products? Is this system better?

6/7/2011 8:12:09 PM

Due to the resistance issues I now have a fecal run every 8 weeks and deworm based on that.

6/7/2011 7:39:58 PM

Two times per year deworming not necesery to rotate

6/7/2011 7:36:08 PM

Something that works one time a year on all worms

6/7/2011 7:23:12 PM

I do fecal exams every three months and worm for the specific worms present.

6/7/2011 7:10:48 PM

Scientifically proof that rotational worming is a waste of money...

6/7/2011 5:44:20 PM

The price of taking a fecal sample analyized will stop most people from checking it.

6/7/2011 5:42:13 PM

Not every parasite dies with iver, and even with it resistance cd someday develop. Rotation is safer

6/7/2011 5:10:10 PM


6/7/2011 5:06:34 PM

Testing fecal count just gives vets another way to makemore $ with the number of times it needs to b

6/7/2011 4:56:41 PM

Will rotate unless vet says not to. Dang those nasty things.

6/7/2011 4:56:11 PM

I use a daily dewormer

6/7/2011 4:50:43 PM

I have my horses on a daily wormer and treat them with Equimax twice a year.

6/7/2011 4:39:47 PM

my vet having equipment to test feces

6/7/2011 4:35:54 PM

Fecal exams that are cheaper than dewormers

6/7/2011 4:24:12 PM

I use fecals and have been told by my vet NOT to rotate.

6/7/2011 3:55:35 PM

Seems to me this is such old news. I'm amazed that anyone continues to rotate wormers.

6/7/2011 3:52:42 PM

problem is, fecals do not tell the whole story so it's impossible to know the actual count

6/7/2011 3:42:13 PM

I weighed advice from vet to limit worming and not work regular every 3-4 months & no need to rotate

6/7/2011 3:42:05 PM

using FEC and per vet recommendation have tailored a dewoming program for our farm

6/7/2011 3:41:45 PM

I do fecal egg counts twice a year, 3 equines, zero eggs,treat for tapeworms spring & fall.

6/7/2011 3:36:55 PM

I worm ONLY when needed and have very shiny, healthy horses!

6/7/2011 3:34:30 PM

we only worm based on need from fecal checks 4x/year

6/7/2011 3:31:32 PM

We do Fecal Egg Counts periodically.

6/7/2011 3:24:38 PM

Based on an educational seminar I attended, I now only work according to fecal count requirements

6/7/2011 3:13:13 PM

I still rotate, but according to season and the priminant concern of that season.

6/7/2011 3:12:20 PM

I deworm based off of FEC results.

6/7/2011 3:10:22 PM

If "natural" product could be offered, I would jump on it. Parasites have evolved w/horses

6/7/2011 3:08:24 PM

I currently use fecal test results to determine my worming needs.

6/7/2011 3:06:34 PM

I would need to have proof.

6/7/2011 3:05:10 PM

I check fecals

6/7/2011 2:55:44 PM

I rotated at one time, but when my horses still showed signs of worms I switched to a daily dewormer

6/7/2011 2:43:02 PM

The farm I board at does Ivermectin every 2 mo. except in Jan when we use Zimectrin Gold

6/7/2011 2:31:27 PM

I want to stop but can't convince the barn owner who firmly believes in it!!

6/7/2011 2:23:37 PM

however - I only deworm 3x per year

6/7/2011 10:47:27 AM

I understand science is advancing, but my horse is healthy on a rotation.

6/7/2011 9:27:43 AM