Why you need a good horse worm management plan

By Ben Gaskell on 25 September 2017

Why old-fashioned blanket worming does more harm than good

HorseDialog’s guest vlogger Ben Gaskell, Director at Bishopton Vets in Yorkshire, explains why a good worm management plan really does matter.

Follow our checklist to help keep your horses healthy:

  • Treat for encysted small redworm in late autumn/early winter. Alternatively, an antibody test can be conducted.1
  • Treat for tapeworm once or twice per year or conduct a separate tapeworm test using a blood or saliva sample.2,3
  • Conduct faecal worm egg counts throughout the grazing season and then treat according to the results.4
  • Poo-pick every day to help keep pasture worm burdens under control Regular rotation and resting of fields and cross grazing with sheep or cattle are also good practice.5
  • Foals and yearlings are more susceptible to the threat of worms and in general they will need dosing more frequently than their adult counterparts.6
  1. https://www.austindavis.co.uk/small-redworm-blood-test
  2. Proudman CJ (2003) Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 23 (1) 6-9
  3. www.austindavis.co.uk/elisa-kits
  4. Rendle D (2017) De-worming targeted plans. Vet Times, Equine, Vol.3 Issue 1 p16-18
  5. Matthews JB (2017) Helminth control programmes for equine yearlings at pasture. Veterinary Times; 47(8):22-22, 24.
  6. Reinmeyer CR and Neilsen MK (2018) Handbook of Equine Parasite Control. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.




Ben graduated from Bristol University in 2000, working in equine and cattle practice before working in industry for several years. Since 2012 he has been working in equine practice in North Yorkshire, where he and his family are based.

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