All horses at By Chance Farm are dewormed according to our specialized deworming program. Under the recommendation of our routine care vet, South Mountain Equine, we follow the less is more approach.
All horses receive deworming only as necessary based on routine fecal sampling. We understand that some horses travel to other facilities and may pick up parasites while away from home. Typically if one horse in a turnout group has a positive egg count, we will deworm that entire group.
In early March we perform a routine fecal on each horse. Owners are responsible for the cost of the fecal testing. After the fecal tests are performed each horse will get a dose of Moxidectin. Results of each individual fecal test will determine treatment plans for that horse throughout the year. We use guidelines provided by South Mountain in order to tailor our deworming to individual horses.
By following this specialized deworming program, we only treat the horses that need to be treated. This strategic use of dewormers helps to slow the development of parasite resistance and reduces unnecessary treatments with dewormers.