I heard the most facinating talk on the radio the other day. I don't know if any of you have heard of or listen to Horses in the Morning but they have some interesting topics and great for those of us that love to indulge our horse addicted minds. Last week I listened to this facinating topic of worms and parisites. I honestly am not very educated on the subject and that show was very informative. This may be stuff everyone knows but I did not so it helped me but also left me with questions. I plan to talk to my vet this week about it.
My limited knowledge of de-worming was you buy a de-womer at the farm store and keep your horse on a scheduele of every 6 weeks. Administer the paste orally and that is about the extent of it. I found out that de-worming isn't necessary in all horses. That a majority of horses maintain a healthy level of parasites with no help. There are horses though that do need to be de-wormed but the best way to regulate parasites is to have their poop tested. Now I have not checked into the cost of parisite analysis and I hope to find out this week. I am thinking though that even if I find out that one of them does not require regular worming in the long run it would not cost more to have them tested periodically.
The reason though that they do not suggest the regualar de-worming method is not to save any money but to preserve the effectivness of the medicine. I found out that there are no new developments in the area of de-wormer and if we over use them and ruin the effectivness and we will be left standing with little help in controling parasites. That IS a great reason to use de-wormer resposibly. I will not go into any greater detail in this post because well you could just listen to the show but it is interesting and definitely worth a listen. It's pretty funny that the topic of poop could be so very interesting and only horse crazy people can understand..haha.