Buying good Horse Wormers is not something that can be compromised; as any Vet will tell you, prevention is easier than the cure. Horse wormers should be used in a responsible way, at the correct dose rate and during the correct season.
To dose your horse correctly you will need to either weigh your horse or know its weight as accurately as possible. Underdosing can lead to worm resistance build up, whilst overdosing can also be potentially dangerous for your horse.
You can use a weigh tape or a calculation to estimate your horses weight, although the latter is considered slightly more accurate:
Heart Girth2 (inches) x Body Length (inches) ÷ 300 = weight (lbs)
Eraquell Horse Wormer contains Ivermectin and is effective against most common worms except tapeworm and encysted small redworms. A dose for bots is best given after a hard frost has killed...[More info]
Equimax Horse Wormer contains Ivermectin and Praziquantel. For the treatment of adult and immature roundworm, lungworm, bots and tapeworm. Use spring and autumn as a single dose for...[More info]
Some horse worms can have a huge impact on your horse’s health. Encysted small redworm larvae and tapeworms are two parasite infestations which can require veterinary intervention and treatment: treatment which can run into thousands of pounds. Small redworm are the most common and harmful parasite to affect your horse today, over 90% of which can be encysted in your horse’s gut wall. Killing these encysted larvae in the late autumn and early spring, before they emerge and cause potentially fatal intestinal damage is an important part of any worm control programme.
Experts estimate that the horse tapeworm (cestodes) infections are being under diagnosed and that up to 2 out of 3 horses in the UK have some level of tapeworm infestation. Tapeworms are responsible for a number of health-related problems in horses, ranging from loss of performance and hair loss to diarrhoea, colic, and painful, potentially fatal perforation of the intestine.
We all have a responsibility to use equine worming products appropriately. Many equine worm species are developing resistance to wormers due to frequent, untargeted use of these products. Ensuring wormers remain effective, by only using them when needed, is vital for the future health and wellbeing of our horses, ponies, and donkeys.
Before buying worming products, please reach out to your veterinary surgeon for advice, as they can create a targeted treatment program specific to your animal(s) and their environment. Screening before dosing is straightforward (using manure, saliva or in some cases, blood samples) and ensures you can worm your animal(s) effectively while also reducing the likelihood of resistant worms developing