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How Do I Worm My Foal?

20th February 2018

As soon as the foal is born the greatest risk from worms is in the mare's milk as the foal suckles. The best way to prevent this is by worming your pregnant mare in the last month of pregnancy with a wormer containing ivermectin or moxidectin. Please contact us for specific advice on what to use in your pregnant mare.

Your foal should be wormed at 2 months of age and again at 4 months of age with a wormer containing pyrantel. Always make sure you give your foal the right dose or wormer. Always slightly overdose the amount of wormer given. Underdosing encourages resistance to wormers.

In December/January treat your foal with a wormer containing moxidectin.

Your foal's first Worm Egg Count test should be carried out at 7 to 8 months of age and treated accordingly on the result; we will advise you what best to use. Depending on the foal's age, if this Worm Egg Count test falls in December/ January treat your foal with Equest as well, regardless of this result.

Optimal management of pastures that foals are turned out is a priority and weaned foals should be turned out on pastures with the lowest risk of infection.

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