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Simplifying the World of Horse Worming

Sponsored by Jurox.

The world of horse worming can sometimes be confusing. Which products to choose, which ingredient are best, when to use them and how often. It can feel a bit like a guessing game, especially with so much differing advice depending on who you ask, whether it be your local equine store, vets or other fellow horse owners.

To cut through this confusion, the Australian owned company Jurox have provided a simple, easy to follow, seasonal worming guide to simplify the world of horse worming, for those of us who aren’t sure what to use and when.

When to Worm

In simple terms, it recommends that you worm your horses at least twice a year, in spring and autumn, rotating between active ingredients to prevent the development of resistant worms.

On those off seasons in summer and winter, it is recommended to perform fecal egg counts on all horses and worm the high egg shedding horses only.

Why this worming method?

This approach helps to prevent the development of worms that are resistant to commonly used treatments. It means that your horses are not unnecessarily over-wormed and reducing the worm burden of the high egg shedders protects the other horses in the paddock from becoming overburdened as well.

What about worm resistance and rotational wormers?

Jurox have recently released a new rotational wormer to their family called Axis. It forms part of the Jurox Equine worming range and means that the range now provides products that will protect your horses from worms all year round. Simply refer to the seasonal worming guide to identify whether you need to use a red (Promectin PLUS) or green (Axis) wormer.

The active ingredients in AXIS are Oxfendazole and Pyrantel whereas the Promectin PLUS range contains Abamectin and Praziquantel (Ivermectin and Praziquantel for the Low Volume (LV) version). Axis is mint flavoured and the whole range is made in Australia, which is always a bonus to be able to support local manufacturers.

You can find Axis and the rest of the Promectin PLUS range at any equine or rural supplies store. If they don’t have it in stock, ask them to order it in for you.

Let’s spread the word, support this new Australian made product and protect our horses from worms. After all they deserve our best care and attention to their healthcare needs.

For more information

To download a copy of the seasonal worming guide or for more information on the complete Jurox Equine worming range, visit jurox.com.au/horseworming.