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Hi Cherry,

I have a Quarter Horse gelding that is really good about just about everything. My problem is that he seems to always spit out the wormer, usually with a big wad of hay or grass. He takes the wormer good enough but then spits it out. I hate to waste the dang stuff ’cause it’s so expensive. Is there any way to make sure he gets the wormer down?

Thanks, Beatrice

Hello Beatrice,

Horse Health Care by Cherry HillFirst of all, the correct name for the paste that you are trying to give your horse is dewormer, not wormer. A dewormer gets rid of worms; a wormer would give your horse worms ! Smiling deworming buddy.

101 Horsekeeping Tips DVDIt’s great that your have mastered the skill of giving your horse the dewormer and that he accepts deworming without a fuss. To be sure that the dewormer gets to the worms and does its job, you’ll need to make sure your horse’s mouth is clean before administering the paste. To see how to do this, watch this video clips “Wads ‘n Worms” from our DVD, 101 Horsekeeping Tips.



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Hello Cherry,

We live at 10,000 ft. above sea level in Fairplay (Park County). Winter and
freezing temperatures frequently last into May, so it is not the place for
your more typical deworming schedule. What would you suggest?

Thank You! Maryann

Hi Maryann,

Any magazine or internet article by me or anyone else that suggests a
deworming program is meant to be a general starting point. As you have
noted, your program (at 10,000 feet) might need to be different than mine
(at 7000 feet) and definitely different than someone in Iowa, Florida or New
Mexico. And it is not only the elevation and weather, but your layout and management practices and the number of horses on your horse property and those properties nearby that will factor into what deworming product to use when.

It would be best if you ask your veterinarian who is most familiar with the
specific conditions in your area. He or she will prescribe products and a rotation
schedule based on professional veterinary training and observation (as they
go on their rounds) of the effectiveness of various deworming programs on
neighboring farms and ranches. I’d be very interested to hear what your
veterinarian recommends.

Thanks for writing.

Cherry Hill

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Dear Cherry,

I’m confused by all of the deworming rotation plans out there. Can you help me find the right one? Thank you, Betty


Dear Betty,

You and your veterinarian need to determine what is most appropriate for your horse’s parasite control program. The next step is knowing what to use and when.

Well that answer will depend on your climate and what types of parasites you are targeting. The rotation programs that you have probably seen assume that you need to deworm for all parasites and that deworming has successfully rid your horse of those parasites. However, you might find, through fecal testing, that your horses don’t ever have certain parasites OR that even though you deworm regularly for strongyles, for example, your horses still have a strongyle problem.

With that in mind, realize that the rotation programs you will find in your vet catalogs or on line might likely be highlighting certain products, whether you need them or not. In fact, if you search “deworming rotation” at http://www.google.com most of the results on the first page are recommendations from vet catalogs. They list products by brand name rather than by ingredient and give little information as to why you should use a particular product when. But even among experts, there are various opinions of what you should use and when. The best rotation plan is one that takes into account your climate, the density of the horse population on your farm, and fecal test results.

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