Worming horses can be a real challenge. With all the different brands on the market, it’s hard to decide which one is right for your horse. Before you choose which brand to use, it is important to know what you’re dealing with. Strongid T is one of the most common liquid wormers. Worms in horses are threat throughout a horse’s life. The damage caused to horses by parasites can be devastating if not prevented. There are many different types of parasites that reside in your horse’s environment.
Small Strongyles or Red-worms are considered the most common parasites. Their life-cycle lasts about three weeks. Adult small strongyles can be ½ to 2 inches in diameter and are bright red in appearance. Even though the larvae are smaller than the head of a pin. Horses with low immunity and very young horses are very vulnerable. Some signs of small strongyles are weight loss, decreased appetite and a dull hair coat. They are also a major cause of many types of colic. It has been estimated that 90% of colic cases are caused by worm infestation or damage from previous infestations. Worming horses on a regular basis will alleviate this problem.
Large Strongyles or Bloodworm parasites can affect horses of all ages. They are reddish-brown in color and can range from ½ to 2 inches long. Nearly all de-wormers attack them, making them much easier to control. However, if unprotected, horses can suffer sudden death from an infestation. Large strongyles migrate through the blood vessels and will affect the liver, arteries, pancreas and intestinal walls.
There are many different types of equine wormers. There are paste wormers, pellet wormers, liquid wormer, daily wormer, you just have to figure out which one is right for your horse. Always consult your vet and he will help you come up with a de-worming program suited specifically to your horse and the area in which you live.
Foals should be first de-wormed at about 2 months old. Subsequent treatments should be given at 2-month intervals thereafter. It is very important that selected dewormers be effective against ascarids, strongyles, bots and threadworms. When a foal reaches 1 year of age, it should be placed on the same schedule as the adult horses.