Reducing Environmental Levels of Horse Worms


This is basically good pasture management to reduce the exposure of grazing horses to infectious material.
Pastures should be cleared of droppings twice a week - this can have a dramatic effect on reducing levels of parasitism. Pastures should be regularly 'rested' to allow the worm eggs present to die off. This should be no less than 3 months without horses present. Mixed grazing using cattle and sheep can have a good effect on reducing contamination as these species take up the eggs present but dont become infected by them and so produce no equine parasite eggs in their droppings.


Stocking density should also be carefully monitored and this means no more than 1 or 2 horses should graze per acre of grass.

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