Whipping Equine Worms

By Susan Aiello • Published: December 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Although you can’t tell by looking, horse pastures are literally crawling with worm larvae. So it’s no surprise that parasite control is an ongoing battle for equine enthusiasts.

Worms and parasitic bots rob our happy horses of energy and can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia and even deadly colic. Problems can be especially severe in young colts and fillies that need all the strength and nutrients they can get.

Fortunately, modern worm medications are easy-to-use and strangle strongyles [strawn-jiles] and other wicked worms in their tracks. Whether you need to treat every quarter, month or day depends on the season, the horse’s age, and the worm population in your local area.

Your vet can work out a prevention program that’s right for your horse. So the next time your friend Flicka hits the turf, make sure she’s protected from its hidden dangers.