10 Non-Chem­i­cal Par­a­site-Con­trol Tips

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Don’t over­stock pas­tures or al­low pas­tures to be­come over­grazed. Re­move ma­nure from stalls daily, and from pas­tures and pad­docks twice weekly be­fore strongyle eggs have a chance to hatch and de­velop into in­fec­tive lar­vae (about five to seven days dur­ing op­ti­mal con­di­tions). Keep pas­ture roughs (ar­eas where horses defe­cate) mowed three to eight inches high. Dur­ing hot, dry weather, har­row or rake pas­tures to dis­perse ma­nure piles and ex­pose lar­vae to sun. Rest the pas­ture at least four weeks af­ter har­row­ing. Cross-graze pas­tures with other species. Cat­tle and sheep serve as bi­o­log­i­cal vac­u­ums for equine par­a­sites. Make at least one cut­ting of hay off some pas­tures to help re­duce the par­a­site bur­den. Plant an an­nual crop, such as win­ter wheat. Feed hay and grain in raised con­tain­ers, not di­rectly on the ground. Clean wa­ter sources reg­u­larly to pre­vent fe­cal con­tam­i­na­tion. Com­post ma­nure. Prop­erly com­posted ma­nure will kill strongyle lar­vae and many as­carid eggs.

Con­sult your vet­eri­nar­ian for as­sis­tance in the di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment, and con­trol of par­a­sitism.

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