How to tell if a horse has worms

How to tell if a horse has wormsIt is a sure bet that you will find some type of parasite in your horses system. It is not unusual for horses to have worms in fact a few worms can be tolerated very easy but when the worm population explodes into mass productions of worms it then becomes a problem. It is not difficult to tell if a horse has worms here are a few simple suggestions of confirmation.

Check the stool

To check your horse for worms all you need to do is examine the feces your horse leaves behind. With a horses diet you are sure to see other things mixed in the stool but you can spot the worms very easily. Horses eat hay and it comes out the other end much the same way as it is ingested. Worms will climb to the top of the stool via these hay bits and lay there in wait for the next animal to ingest them. This is why it is so easy to find them in your horses stool.

Check your horse’s appearance

As with any animal if there is an abundance of worms their coats will suffer. The condition of your horses coat can tell you the story of how many worms he is carrying. His coat may appear dull and drab. There may be patches where the hair is long while the rest is short especially during the warmer months when their entire coat should be short. This is a sure way of confirming your horse has worms.

Check your horse’s tummy

If your horse’s tummy is a ball of fat while the rest of him stays slim it is quite likely your horse has worms. Worms can rob your horse of the nutrition that his body is taking in. They will use up at least a half of his food intake leaving his body to do without. You will not notice any lack of appetite in a horse if he is riddled with worms. It is more likely that he will eat more than usual trying to compensate for what his body is losing in his foods.

Perhaps the best way to know if your horse has worms is to seek your veterinarian’s advice. While a few worms will not harm your horse an overload of worms can make your horse very sick if they are left untreated. Your vet will do an eggs count to see just how many worms your horse may have and treat them. You can keep the worms under control by de-worming your horse at regular intervals. This will not get them all but it will go a long way in keeping your horse healthy.

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