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Regional Parasite PATROL

Horses that graze need to be dewormed differently than those who don’t.

Question: When was the last time you had a fecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) done on your horse?

If you answered, “Within the last six to 12 months to see how my deworming program is working,” congratulations. You’re paying attention to current recommendations.

If you answer, “Why on earth would my horse need that?” odds are your deworming plan needs updating.

However you answered, read on to learn what you’re doing right and what adjustments need to be made to keep your horse healthy and parasite-free with a deworming plan suited to your regional climate and individual horse.

The Link to Grazing

It might have been convenient in the “old days” to deworm every horse in the barn at the same time with the same product, but remember, that’s what got us in trouble with resistance. (See “Why Rotation is Over” on pg. 44 for the explanation.) So how do you know when your horse needs deworming—or if he doesn’t?

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