There are two methods used for deworming horses. The first method is to administer paste dewormers every 6-8 weeks. The second method is to keep the horse on a daily dewormer and paste deworm twice a year. Fecal examinations are essential in determinating the necessity of deworming.
1.Paste Deworming Protocol:
This schedule is recommended for the Northeastern United States for horses not on a continuous deworming program.( i.e. daily Strongid C 2X):
January-Ivermectin/praziquantel combination (Equimax)
May-Moxidectin (Quest) ( Use in horses only. We do not recommend using in miniature horses or ponies.)
-Ivermectin (Equell) for miniature horses and ponies
July-Double dose Pyrantel Pamoate (Strongid)
September-Ivermectin/Praziquantel combination (Equimax)
November-Double dose Fenbendazole (Panacur) This can be repeated for 4 more days if horse is showing signs of small strongyle infestation (poor coat, chronic colic, diarrhea, unthrifty)
**Remember to read the active ingredient. For example fenbendazole is the active ingredient in Panacur and Safeguard.
2. Daily Deworming Protocol
Deworm December and June with Ivermectin/praziquantel combination(Equimax) and keep horse on a daily dewormer, pyrantel pamoate (Strongid 2 x). If you choose this protocol, we recommend enrolling in the Preventicare Program offered by Pfizer.
Note* Before starting the continuous deworming program, deworm with Equimax, Quest or a Panacur Power Pac.