Why you need a good horse worm management plan

By Ben Gaskell on 13 July 2017

Essential horse worm management: why a new approach to worming is necessary

HorseDialog’s guest vlogger Ben Gaskell, a vet in North Yorkshire, explains why a good horse worm management plan really does matter.

Follow our horse worm management checklist to help keep your horses healthy:

  • Treat for encysted small redworm in late autumn/early winter
  • Treat or test for tapeworm once or twice per year or consult your vet about conducting a separate tapeworm test using a blood or saliva sample.
  • Conduct faecal worm egg counts throughout the grazing season and then treat according to the results
  • Poo-pick every day to help keep pasture worm burdens under control Regular rotation and resting of fields and cross grazing with sheep or cattle are also good practice.
  • Foals and yearlings are more susceptible to the threat of worms and in general they will need dosing more frequently than their adult counterparts.

Other related content: What is a faecal worm egg count?

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Ben graduated from Bristol University in 2000, working in equine and cattle practice before working in industry for several years. Since 2012 he has been working in equine practice in North Yorkshire, where he and his family are based.

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