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  • Sarah Evers Conrad

Farm-Wise Equine Parasite Control Strategies

Updated: Sep 12, 2018

When you’ve got a barn full of horses with different parasite burdens, fecal egg count testing can help you deworm each one properly

Change can be hard, especially for horse owners. We follow the seemingly indisputable rules of horse care and management that have been handed down to us from generations past. And we can be taken aback when someone dares question our decades-old practices.

One tradition that must be bucked, however, is deworming horses at regular intervals. Blanket parasite control strategies have led to widespread drug resistance in many parasite populations. And if farm and boarding barn owners don’t transition to a more targeted approach, then the resistance of all parasite populations to all drugs on the market could very soon become a reality.

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Originally published in the April 2018 issue of The Horse magazine.

Photo by Kathy Russell