Worm Control and Worming
All animals are susceptible to worms and other internal parasites. Horses are no exception.
Parasitic worms can seriously affect the health of horses and ponies of all ages and do irreversible damage.
This can affect their long-term well-being, and in some cases the problems caused can prove fatal.
Types of worm
There are numerous types of worm that use the horse as a host during their lifecycle. The degree of damage to the horse depends on the type of worm, its lifecycle (whether it remains inside the gut or migrates round the body), the number of worms present and the horse’s health and immune status.
- Small Redworm (Cyathostomes)
- Large Redworm (Strongyles)
- Large Roundworms (Ascarids)
Effective worm control aims to prevent worms from completing their lifecycle and thus prevent further pasture contamination. Worming programmes have evolved over the years and there are now a number of strategies that horse owners can use to help maintain their horse’s health and performance.