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At what age do foals need to be wormed?

Do foals need to be wormed? If so, at what age should I start?

Foals are susceptible to worms due to their immature immune system. Therefore it is very important to have a good worming regime. The pregnant mare should be wormed 2 weeks prior to foaling and then again as per the recommended worming interval on the product.

Foals should first be wormed at 6 weeks of age. Ensure that you are using a product that provides good protection against ascarids, also known as roundworms. Roundworms are most commonly found in younger horses and can lead to respiratory disease, diarrhoea, colic and stunted growth.

A good worming program to follow for your foal is worming during Spring and Summer with Strategy T at 6 weeks of age, repeat worming again 8-12 weeks later. Then during the Autumn/Winter months worm with Equimax Elevation repeating again 8-12 weeks time. Using a rotational worming program will help avoid resistance to active ingredients.

Find out more about rotational worming in horses in our article here.

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