Parasite control

By definition a parasite is an organism living off a host, obtaining nourishment while depriving the host of vital nutrients, ultimately harming the host. Regular parasite control is essential for your horse’s well being. Excessive parasitic infestation depletes the horse’s immune system and is possibly a causing factor of colic. Parasites also secrete toxins within the intestines resulting in poor mineral and energy absorption through the gut consequently ensuing the horse to feel sluggish and fatigued.

In a natural environment horses roam far and wide daily. The excretion of their faeces spread over distances and in an area not likely to be grazed again. In the paddock and stable environments we have created for horses, alongside small grazing areas, we place the horse at a higher risk of parasitic infestation as they would be forced to graze around their faeces at some point of their daily regimen.

Deworming your horse on a regular basis is highly recommended. Worm counts should be done before engaging on routine deworming programs, noting that tapeworms and encysted small strongyle larvae are not detected by standard fecal egg flotation counts. Fecal counts are only a guideline for deworming programs. The results on fecal egg counts are often inaccurate, affected by the horse’s diet, season and stage of parasitic cycle. It is possible for a horse to have severe tapeworm or strongyle infestation yet have a zero fecal egg count.

Each time your horse is dewormed, its body is placed under strain, especially if chemical dewormers are administered. Parasites are able to build up immunity to chemical dewormers if they are used frequently and without scientific backing.

We alternate the use of natural and chemical dewormers throughout the year. Natural herbal dewormers have a gentle impact on the horse’s body, allowing you to use it successfully during competition periods, while frequent use will not have adverse effects on your horse.

A strategic herbal deworming program ensures:

  • Elimination of larvae before migration, breaking the infestation cycle
  • Worm eggs are penetrated, rendering them inert
  • Worm suckers & hooks are attacked by the neuro muscular action , allowing release
  • Worms are generally passed out the horse live, this preventing toxic poisoning from extensive infestation,  which may in turn result in colic

Our deworming program

In the months of January, May and September we alternate between Pegasol and Equimax as per dosage requirements on the product

In the months of February, April, July and October we use a  2 day herbal remedy

  RECOMMENDED 7 DAYS AFTER FULL MOON

Day 1: Orally dose 8 ml Clove Liquid

Day 2: Orally dose a blend of 25g Herbal De-worming powder and sunflower oil (lubricant)

                     In the months of March, June, August and December we use a 2 day herbal remedy

Day 1: Orally dose 8 ml Deworm Liquid

Day 2: Orally dose a blend of 25g Herbal De-worming powder and sunflower oil (lubricant)

Deworm foals from the age of 2 months, with half the prescribed amount

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