St Davids Equine Services
St Davids'
Worming Programme

In addition to our "Poop in the Post" scheme for faecal egg counting as an aid to strategic worming of horses we also run a more intensive worming programme.

This programme is tailored for horses managed on premises where an overall programme of worm control and grazing management may be difficult to achieve. This may include horses on shared grazing or horses on pasture where ideal pasture management (pasture rotation with adequate resting of previously grazed pasture) is impractical.

The scheme is run by Claire, our equine office manager, and it aims to:

  • Demystify worming your horse by giving you free veterinary advice on which worming product to use and when to use it. Our advice is based on the latest veterinary research and is independent of the pharmaceutical companies that produce the worming products and large retailers who may have a commercial interest in recommending certain worming products.
  • Take the worry out of worming your horse. We send you the number and type of wormers you will need for each of your horses at the time they are required.
  • Give you the best deal that we can across the full range of equine worming products to give you confidence that you are buying at competitive prices.
  • Give you peace of mind that your horse has been treated appropriately for all the main equine worms.

Competitive Prices

We review our prices every 6 months to ensure that we remain as competitive as possible with other outlets. We survey the products available and compare all products with the same action and same active ingredient in order to get the best deal for our clients.

Making Sense of the Products Available

There are a bewildering number of worming products available and making sense of these is not always easy.

  • Many apparently different products with different brand names contain the same active ingredients but sell at wildly differing prices.
  • Several products contain multiple active ingredients which can further confuse owners.
  • Some active ingredients are more active than others against certain worm threats and so will be more appropriate to use in some circumstances.
  • There is widespread resistance to the active ingredients contained in some worming products.
  • Worming with certain products at certain times can actually increase the risk of disease due to worm damage in some situations.

The Main Elements of our Worming Plan

To provide optimum protection a worming plan must address the main worm threats each year at the time most appropriate to treat them:

  • One or two treatments for tapeworm each year. The timing of this is not critical, but tapeworm treatments are normally carried out in spring and autumn.
  • A treatment for dormant small redworm larvae in winter.
  • A treatment for bots in the winter.
  • Regular routine treatment for adult roundworm during the grazing season.
  • Appropriate rotation of wormer types to minimise the build up of resistance to wormers by the worms.

It is always preferable that all horses on a yard are treated with the same product at the same time. This reduces the risk of the build up of worms on pasture and the risk of a treated horse being reinfected by worms from an untreated grazing partner.

We recommend that you worm any new horses entering the yard before they go out to graze. They should then remain housed for 24 hours after worming before going out to pasture.

How Does The Plan Work?

We will agree a worming plan with you in advance and take a note of your horses names and an estimate of their weights. We will then send you the number and type of wormers that you need when they are needed. All you need to do is to administer the doses when they arrive!! If you prefer, you can pick up your wormers from the surgery.

We normally ask you to pay for the wormers received within 14 days to take advantage of the preferential prices we offer on the scheme. This is because the prices are deliberately kept low and consequently we cannot offer credit on them.

Strategic Worming - The "Poop in the Post" Scheme

We are also happy to give advice on strategic worming of those horses at lower risk of worm infestation. The mainstay of strategic worming is normally regular analysis of faeces to look for evidence of roundworm infestation (checking for worm eggs every 3 months). This strategic approach is covered by our "Poop in the Post" scheme which is described in a separate article.

If you would like to join our worming scheme, or would like to find out more, please contact Claire in the equine office on 01392 876622 (option 2).

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