Worming is imperative to your mare’s health and shouldn’t be avoided when she’s in foal. Your worming program can remain normal throughout her pregnancy, with just a few simple changes.
The biggest thing to remember when worming your pregnant mare is product selection. No wormer should be given that hasn’t been tested and approved as safe during pregnancy. Read the label carefully and consult your veterinarian if you’re unsure.
Worming During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your worming program should continue with doses every 6-12 weeks or as per the recommendations of the product used by your veterinarian. A faecal egg count, followed by a faecal egg count reduction test, is integral to ensuring your worming program is efficient and effective.
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Using these results, you and your veterinarian will be able to devise a worming program that targets the specific parasites affecting your mare and property. This will provide her with the protection she needs to support her overall health – and maintain her pregnancy safely.
Worming At Foaling
As your mare approaches her due date, leave worming until the day of foaling and replace mum and foal in a new paddock as the manure will only contain dead worms and eggs.
Foals have a wonderful habit of ingesting Mum’s manure and therefor worm eggs. Mum should then be wormed 6-12 weeks later depending on products used.
But remember, no worming program is complete without proper pasture management. The strategies below can drastically reduce the number of parasites on your property – again safeguarding your foal from their damaging affects.
- Remove manure from pasture at least twice per week
- Rest paddocks during hot, dry temperatures
- Avoid over-crowding pastures
- Ensure all horses are wormed correctly
- Integrate faecal egg counts into your worming