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  • What You Need to Know Before Buying a Horse
    are you going to keep your horse in livery or at home If you are going to stable your horse at a livery yard ring round local stables and ask to go and see their facilities If you are going to keep your horse at home ensure that you have prepared a suitable paddock which is securely fenced has natural shelter and a source of water You may also want to consider the need for a stable or field shelter Although it is true that many horses can and do live out in both the summer and winter months there are some times when you need to put them in a warm place for example in bad weather or if your horse gets an injury and requires box rest Choose Your Horse Carefully Don t buy the first horse you see unless you really fall in love with it When you go to view a potential horse although it is extremely important to put it through its paces in the school don t overlook other aspects of the horse such as its health For a relatively small fee you can have a vetting completed by an Equine Vet which will uncover any potential health problems In addition to a vetting ask the current owners plenty of questions about their current care strategy When did they last have dental care What worming programme to they follow Etc Bringing Your New Horse Home When you bring the horse home for the first time put them in the stable and let them relax after having travelled in a tight space in the horsebox it is imperative that you give them time to rest recuperate and to get comfortable with their new surroundings After a day you can then release them into their field and let him or her have a good look around Remember this is a potentially stressful time for your horse so don t overdo it just yet even though you are probably dying to hop on and go riding into the sunset The best way to bond with your horse during the first week is to spend time grooming it Horses are herd animals and love to be groomed so use this is an opportunity to get to know your horse and them to get to know you Care Plan It may be a good idea to speak to your local equine vet and discuss implementing a suitable care plan for your horse One of the most important health issues with a new horse is worming When a horse is moved to a new yard or home you should worm them with a good broad spectrum wormer such as Equest Pramox Horse Wormer Despite where your horse it up to with its existing worming programme it is advisable to use Equest Pramox as your horse is more vulnerable to a worm infection when moving to new surroundings You should then discuss with your vet or a trained SQP our staff

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  • How to Manage Your Pasture Effectively to Keep Your Horse Healthy - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    with worms In comparison our domesticated horses are limited to one or two paddocks so it is our responsibility as horse owners to try to replicate natures way of controlling worm populations to ensure our horses stay fit and healthy Rest the Paddock By resting each paddock for at least three months between grazing this could help to reduce the worm egg and larvae population in the field Resting is more advantageous during certain times of year for example hard frost and cold temperatures help to break the life cycle of certain worms Resting also allows for the grass to recover and grow maintaining suitable levels of forage for the horse Regularly Remove Horse Droppings An average horse can produce approximately 24kg of droppings a day that s a lot of poo And unfortunately allowing droppings to accumulate in the field just increases the chances of your horse getting re infected with worms If your horse has worms these worms will lay eggs which are passed in the horse s dung The eggs in the dung then hatch into larvae and spread into the field where they can be ingested easily when your horse is grazing This process creates a viscous circle and as horse owners it is important to try and break this cycle Removing horse droppings from the paddock may be back breaking work however if done regularly can really help to reduce the egg burden in your field Cross Graze This option may be more difficult for some however if you have the opportunity to cross graze with other animals such as cows and sheep this is an excellent form of worm control Most worms are specific to one host which means they are unable to survive if ingested by another animal If you are considering this method ensure that your field is stock proof and that your horse is gradually introduced to the animals Don t Overstock Paddocks Unfortunately more horses means more dung which means potentially a greater worm burden in a relatively small area In addition to risking your horse in a field with a potentially high worm population the quality of the forage can also be reduced General Maintenance Although not every horse owner is responsible for the upkeep of the field their horse is kept it is important for you to be aware that all paddocks should be sustained to an adequate level to ensure your horse is in the best possible health Harrowing fertilisation and weed management ragwort are all very important factors in establishing and maintaining a good field If your horse is kept at livery discuss with the yard manager how they maintain your horses paddock Alternatively if you have your own land it may be useful to contact a local farmer or contractor It may not be possible to put all of these actions into place however the more you can do to help control the worms in your paddock the better Pasture management is just one important

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  • How To Keep Your Horse Worm Free with Equest Pramox - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    you are caring for your horse properly is to put a good annual worming programme in place Get horse wormers advice if necessary before setting out with your plan Your plan should include all considerations especially weather changes when worms start to breed and spread throughout your grazing areas You can buy cheap horse wormers that will tackle the different worms that horses tend to get It s important to realise that your horse will never be completely worm free but to avoid problems later on you need to keep these parasites to a minimum Treat What Worms When During the winter months you will want to treat your horses for red worm larvae and bots This is the time when these parasites start taking hold of your horse During the spring time and autumn it is essential to treat for tapeworm as these worms can cause serious health problems such as colic Remember that if your horse is in a field with other horses you will need to work out your annual horse wormer programme to coincide with the other horse s schedules Using a comprehensive worming programme including good quality horse wormers like equest pramox horse wormer and equest horse wormer with pasture management and worm egg counts can provide a robust schedule and help reduce wormer resistance Dosages I think the biggest mistake many horse owners make when giving their horses an oral wormer such as equest horse wormer or equest pramox horse wormers is to give the wrong dosage Many people give their horses too little and under dosing has virtually no effect on the horse s worm problem It is important to know your horse s weight and then follow the dosage directions carefully to ensure you are giving your horse the best tools to

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  • Is it Necessary to Stable a Horse After Worming? - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    to your horse do you need to do anything else Some people argue that stabling a horse after worming is correct practice however changing a horse s routine can be very disruptive When your horses have worms you want to go about it correctly to maintain a control on the problem unfortunately you will never completely eradicate worms As worms are spread through droppings it is wise to take precautions to make sure your beloved animals have minimal contact with the parasites again Horses Living Out After worming your horse or horses with the appropriate wormer for that time of year you should leave them in that field for 24 36 hours After this process you should relocate them on to a fresh clean field If you haven t been doing regular dung collecting to help the paddock recover and reduce the egg burden combine harrowing with a good lengthy rest approx 3 months Harrowing a dirty pasture will effectively spread the worm eggs and larvae and combined with pasture resting reduce the worm population Horses Living In If your horse predominately spends time in the stable after worming you should keep them stabled for approximately 48 hours After this period it is wise to completely muck out the stable removing all dirty bedding After the stable is empty thoroughly clean the entire area with a tough disinfectant Replace all the bedding with a fresh variety and make sure to scrub all feed and water buckets thoroughly New Arrivals When you have a new horse you should treat them with equine wormers such as equest pramox as a general rule They should be isolated to their own field initially and kept away from your other equines This will prevent any unknown parasites from infecting other horses in the area Tweet

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  • How to Design a Perfect Plan for Treating with Horse Wormers - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    in intervals throughout the year to ensure that your horse is always protected against worm infections Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are designing a plan for treating your horse The first step is to choose your schedule It used to be recommended that horses be wormed every six to eight weeks however the advice has now shifted to responsible worming in a bid to combat wormer resistance This is when the worms become immune to the effects of the medicines and are no longer killed by it Discuss with your vet about your horses environment whether they have contact with other horses and their general health to determine a suitable schedule that you can realistically adhere to Egg worm counts can now be easily done by post or at your local vets by collecting a dung sample This process determines whether your horse has a low or high burden of roundworm eggs and often a low burden means you can skip a dose of wormer However it is important to understand that egg worm counts only detect certain worms and this process does not completely replace the need for horse wormers In order to prevent resistance managing your property is equally important including removing horse droppings from the field regularly keeping the feeding bins up off the ground and practicing mixed grazing with sheep or cattle A great way to keep yourself organised so that you never forget a worm treatment is to pin a calendar to your stables You can mark the date before each horse wormer treatment or worm egg count so that you will have time to prepare for it Another great tip is to buy your supply of horse wormer in advance so that when the time comes to worm and

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  • Equest Horse Wormer Important for Maintaining Equine Health - Wormers.co.uk for Horse Wormers and Equine Products - Blog
    Worms are a harmful parasite which make their home in your horse s body and feed off them These types of parasitic worms are everywhere from the field to the stable This is why it is so important to treat your beautiful equine companion with an effective worm control programme which combines worming medication such as equest horse wormer with worm counts and other useful strategies Tips for De worming Your Horse One important part of a worming schedule for your Horse is to treat with worming medications at certain times of year with oral gels and pastes such as equest horse wormer Here are a few tips to keep in mind Before starting a regular de worming program talk to a qualified vet to determine the best medicine and dosage schedule for your particular horse You should determine the weight of your horse so that you know which dosage to give You can do this by using a weight scale which most equine vets have Alternatively for just a few pounds you can buy a weigh tape which is an easy way for you to ascertain the weight of your horse from a simple girth measurement A de worming syringe will have number marks which run down the side of the tube that will allow you to control the dosage according to the weight of your horse Simply adjust the dial or slide the latch until you select the right number It is recommended to get the syringe ready to administer the correct dose before you approach the horse some horses are very good at sensing when you are about to worm them so it is best to be prepared You may need to put a head collar on the horse first and have a friend hold the horse

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  • Keep Your Horse Worm Free with Equest Worming Programme
    Worm Management As much as you love getting onto your horse and riding the country lanes and paths you must get into a good worm management programme It is essential to ensure the healthy digestion of your horse and keep him or her healthy and fit Cheap horse wormer s are easy to find and it doesn t need to cost an arm and a leg to ensure you keep your horses worms under control Bear in mind that one wormer is not going to attack all the worms so you need to follow a good programme to keep them all at bay When using equest gel or equest pramox gel which are both easy oral treatment you need to treat all your horses at the same time especially if they are all in the same field Oral treatments have been proven to be the most effective when it comes to horse worm control Pasture Management As important as it is to use a good equest worming programme on your horses pasture management is just as important to keep the worms at bay Remember if your horse is in a field with other horses speak to the owners to ensure you all use the same worming programme at the same time this way you can control the worms Secondly you will want to clean the field and stables on a regular basis as worm eggs can be found in horse droppings Stables should be cleaned daily with all manure being removed and fields should be cleaned at least twice a week at the minimum during spring and summer months If you are dealing with a very large field you can sub divide the grazing areas By separating the grazing areas and rotating your horses you are giving the grass time

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  • Information on Atypical Myopathy or Seasonal Pasture Myopathy
    the Europe a related species of sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus contains the same toxin This would seem to suggest that the toxin in question contributes to the development of Myopathy What are the symptoms Muscular degradation of the sort caused by Atypical Myopathy will most obviously affect a horse s mobility The horse may be unwilling to move and will have difficulty standing up they may also shiver and sweat Less obvious will be the effects on the horse s internal organs specifically the heart lungs and diaphragm The horse s heartrate will increase and they may have trouble breathing properly Should you notice that your horse has developed these symptoms you should contact your vet immediately for treatment in order to give your horse the best possible chance of survival How is it treated Sadly the overwhelming majority of cases will prove fatal For this reason horse owners should act as swiftly as possible if they suspect that their horse has contracted the disease as the earlier corrective action is taken the greater the likelihood that the horse will recover Since the disease is so poorly understood treatment will largely consist of managing their symptoms Affected horses can be treated with intravenous fluids and intensive care If the animal s prospects look sufficiently bleak the vet may recommend euthanasia How can it be prevented As we have seen once it has developed Atypical Myopathy is extremely difficult to treat and often fatal It is therefore imperative that preventative measures be taken In the main these measures consist of keeping careful watch over a horse s diet Make sure the horse is adequately fed A hungry horse might be tempted to eat things which perhaps they shouldn t Fallen leaves bits of dead wood and the notorious sycamore seed might in the absence of better options seem like acceptable foodstuffs A well fed horse by contrast will be more discriminating and picky Ensuring that their field is not overgrazed is therefore essential in guarding against myopathy Where this is impossible the horse s diet should be supplemented appropriately Remove the sources of danger While a well fed horse might not actively seek out alternative forms of nourishment they may still stumble upon them by accident and eat them out of idle curiosity Owners should therefore ensure that such temptations are where possible removed from the field You should carry out periodic inspections of the paddock in order to ensure that it is kept clear particularly during autumn when leaves and other bracken are more likely to find their way there For similar reasons the spread of weeds in the paddock should also be strictly controlled Removing leaves and weeds is a relatively straightforward task Removing trees is considerably less so Some may be tempted to uproot and destroy any tree which might pose a threat to the horse While this may be fairly sensible in the case of smaller saplings it can be a significant undertaking the case of larger sycamore

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