A clear easy-to-understand guide to horse and donkey worms and wormers. Although written in easy language for the layperson, the book is heavily referenced to scientific academic journals. Today, the problem worm is the small strongyle yet the vast majority of advice given today for worming horses is still aimed at the old regimens suited for eradicating the large strongyle. Rotation is no longer advocated by equine parasitologists. The book cuts through the claims about worming products, both chemical and natural / herbal, and presents the scientific evidence. When to worm, resistance, rotational wormings, harrowing, are all covered in this book. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (2)
Must read for horse people
This book provides the essential information on horse worming for both the experienced and the not-so-experienced horse owner.
Horse worming products are expensive and there are many brands around, all making strong claims to work very effectively. But it's the information on encysted stages of worms and in particular, the time bomb of encysted cyathostomes and the chemicals proven to remove them that makes this book so valuable. By following the advice and treatment strategies outlined in this book, I now know that I'm treating my horses effectively for their long term health. I'm not wasting money rotating products that do not manage this particular parasite and am thus getting the maximum benefits -- horse health-wise and money-wise.
Dr. Nyland provides all this information in an easily read style and includes a comprehensive bibliography to the scientific papers if you want to follow these up.
And, as a bonus, she's from DownUnder!!
This one will save your horses life
Of all the equine related books available on every possible subject, as far as I am concerned, none are more important than one that will save your horses life. All supported by scientific research and end notes. So many equine books are nothing but someone's opinion, not supported by research or facts. This one is! Worms kill horses and the traditional means of deworming is not working. She talks about all the myths with deworming.... using quest with foals and horses, when to deworm depending on your climate and location, the myth about fecal counts being a good way to know whether horses have worms (wrong!), the myth about copper and many of the natural/herbal dewormers that not only don't work but some are toxic, rotation makes worms immune to the dewormers. Horses still die and they have been on regular schedules of dewormer.... you know the vet always asks, 'has this horse been wormed recently?' The answer is always yes by good horse owners and they had zero worm count in fecals, the horse dies and the autopsy's shows the horse is full of worms.
If you have a horse, if you are thinking of getting a horse, then you need to read this book and get smart on this killer. Horses are dying right now as we speak because of ignorance and because horse owners are listening to ill advised people on how to deworm their horse. The horses suffer because of our ignorance. Pick up this book and read it for your horse, you'll be amazed what you will learn. I'll be changing the way I deworm as of right now.
Owner, Crossed Sabers Stable
President/Executive Director, The Mountain State Horse School and Second Wind Adoption Program, Inc.
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