By Lauren Lamb
Parasitism is one of the most common diseases encountered in horses.
Adult gastrointestinal parasites live and reproduce inside a horse’s intestines. The gastrointestinal parasite will produce eggs that are passed in the horse’s feces and end up in the environment. Once the eggs are passed in the feces, they will hatch and develop into larva (immature parasites) which will be ingested by horses grazing nearby. Under proper conditions (warm and moist) gastrointestinal parasite larva can survive for days to months in the environment (stall, pasture, paddock).
Fortunately, we currently have effective dewormers and management recommendations to help keep the parasite burden in your horse’s gastrointestinal tract under control.
To learn more about parasitism in horses, pick up an April copy of OKFR near you!