All Australian horses carry worms in their system. This is called a 'worm burden'.
Horses who have a low worm burden may show no signs of having worms. Heavier worm burdens may show as poor growth rate in young horses, tail rubbing, weight loss, anaemia, through to coughing, diarrhoea, colic and even death.
Best practice worming is to conduct a fecal egg count (FEC) and worm according to the results. If you'd like to investigate this check our 'Fecal Egg Count' on our website menu.
If your horse is aged 3-19 years and you have not completed a FEC, consider the risk of your horse carrying a heavy worm burden when working out a suitable worming program. A horse with a high risk of worm burden is wormed more frequently than a horse with a lower risk.
There are various factors that affect the risk. Many of them you have control! So just by being more vigilant and with a bit more time and effort you can reduce your horse's risk. Its a great way to save on wormers!
So what are these factors? We've created a short summary that you can to see how your husbandry and horse activities are affecting your horse's risk of a heavy worm burden.
Download it and think about how you can help reduce the risk of your horse having a heavy worm burden - and save on wormers! Click on the image to download.