10 Non-Chemical Parasite-Control Tips
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.