Parasites In Horses

Overview
Husbandry topics are items that help the horse owner manage the horses in their care. There are a lot more topics to add, but these will get you started with the basics.
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Discussion:
Here is a dose of reality – there is nothing “natural” about how most horses are kept today. People often say to me, “I don’t want to use poisons in my horses,” or, “I use diatomaceous earth (or some other “natural” dewormer).” To these people I say quickly, “If you want to be “natural” then take down your fences and let your horses be free to poop here and travel over there. They should be in the next town in a week.”

Diatomaceous earth has become popular. This is dirt (ground up rock) made of ancient fossilized algae called diatoms that have many uses. The primary use is to add it to nitroglycerine to make dynamite.

Also called diatomite, it has been used as an insecticide but its’ efficacy as a medical grade dewormer has been questioned by research. Its’ action on the surface of insects is to draw water out of the insect by destroying the exoskeleton. However the effect is greatly reduced in a wet environment and that is what exists in the gut of a horse. In my experience, DE does not work in a dense horse population where the environment is not kept clean.

The only “natural” method of deworming available is to sweat a little and clean up the paddock and stall as we do our own house. Keep the manure away from the mouth.

This topic is divided into 3 subjects: External parasites, internal parasites, and prevention of an internal parasite infection.

The first video discusses why parasite control is even a point of discussion when it comes to the management of the horse. Looking at it abstractly will clarify what you need to do to provide a worm free existence for your horse.

The second video is from a HorseTalk™ webinar I gave where I discuss parasites in horses.

The pictures below this are examples, but it is important to scroll through them all. The “secret” to parasite control is in the last few images (but it is also repeated in the videos).

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