Do natural de-wormers work? For me, the short answer is YES!
–Every Spring, it has been my ritual to deworm my horses.
I’ve done this for years… except the last few.
The last few years, I have started to switch over to natural (herbal) dewormers.
Well, the initial reason was because it sounded like a good idea for my horse. I mean, would I ingest that nasty chemical paste?
So, why am I giving pesticides to my horse?
HOW NATURAL DEWORMERS WORK
In my layman’s explanation, an herbal dewormer makes the equine gut inhospitable for parasites – in a natural way.
The herbs don’t kill the parasites, they make the environment of the gut slippery… Parasites cannot grab hold – and they don’t really want to because nothing tastes or feels quite like it should. So, they actually slide out.
And the best part? Parasites cannot build up an immunity to this method. I guess it is kinda like garlic with vampires or kryptonite with Superman. When the stuff is around, time to exit!
HORSEMANS LABORATORY MANURE TEST KIT.
Lately, I’ve been having the manure tested. It is really easy and cheap. I just go to the Horsemens’ Lab and order the kits.
Have you used the Horseman’s Lab Manure Test kit? (no affiliation)
The system is really efficient. You go to the website and order the number of kits you need. The kits arrive very quickly. The procedure is simple and self-explanatory. Once completed, you mail the test back in the self addressed stamped enclosed envelope and that’s it!
In a few days, Horsemens’ Lab emails the results!
HUNTING AND GATHERING
The ‘procedure’ is really easy and not gross at all.
All you do is take the Baskin and Robbins little spoon they provide (I may never look at an ice cream sample spoon the same way again…) and hunt around for a fresh stack of processed hay.
Once found, grab the tiny cosmetic sample container (I may never look at a cosmetic sample the same way again…) and put your contents into the little white container and snap it shut.
Then put the little container in the little plastic bag that they provide and then top that off by stuffing the small piece of cotton (also provided) into the plastic bag to absorb moisture.
Seal the plastic zip lock.
Put it in the already addressed and ready to go already stamped envelope. Seal. Mail.
Today, I did that with 4 of my horses who live in four different pastures.
I started the deworming protocol with the natural dewormer (Para-X). And then, in three weeks, I will sample the horses’ processed hay again.
WHAT I USE TO DEWORM MY HORSES – Omega Alpha’s Para-X (no affiliation)
I use Omega Alpha’s Para-X (no affiliation).
Every time I use it, my horses’ manure tests come back clean.
All I do is pour it on their pellets for 5 days. Wait 5 days. Then do it again.
No chemicals. No bad taste. No fight.
Every few months, you do it again. No need to rotate. Just do it again.
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