All Ponies and horses can become infected with worm. I general, infestation is acquired by eating immature larvae from grasswhich develope into adult worms. The adults then lays eggs which are passed in the droppings, and thesein turn hatch to infect the pasture witth immauture larvae. This completes the lifecycle of the worm. A low level of worm infection does not cause a problem and may even be benficial but excessive worm burdens can result in disease and even death, especially if the horse is very young , old or unwell.
there are a number of differnet measures that can be taken in order to control worms effectively.
Removing droppings from the pasture significantly reduces the likelihood of horse accidentally ingesting the larvae from the grass. In addition to this resting th epastyre for up to three months will help reduce the presence of worms.
Assessing the risks to the Horse
There certain types of worms that should be treated at spoecific times of the year. Younger horses may need to be wormed more fequnetly. We would advise that you speak to you rvet before choosing what worm dose to give your horse.
There any many different types of Worm doses on the market, awe stock a large range. Round worm shoul dbe treated in the grazing months, tapeworm in the Spring or Autumn and bots in the late Autumn or Winter. When brigning new horses into your premises they shoul dbe kept seperately for uo to 3 days to avoid bringign resistant worms with them. Overuse of wormers can cause the worms to build up a restancy to the wormer.
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