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Tapeworm burdens are a threat to horse health as they are associated with various types of colic and intestinal obstruction. It is important to avoid routine worming strategies as this can cause worms to build up resistance.

We recommend that you test your horse twice a year for tapeworm.

The best time to test is during late winter/early spring and autumn/early winter, as these are considered to be the ideal times of year to worm for tapeworm.

Remember to carry out faecal egg counts (which can be done at the practice) to detect other worms (such as redworm and roundworm) and worm accordingly.

A complete worm control programme should include a yearly winter worming dose to treat encysted redworm, until an encysted redworm test is available.