Horse health care in Vermont includes a good internal parasite control program. Routine fecal egg counts, fecal egg count reduction tests, pasture rotation and manure management are all integral components of an effective deworming program. The practice to deworm horses four to six times a year or to use rotational-routine deworming protocols has increased the rate of parasite anthelmintic resistance. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
Do you feed Alfalfa hay included as part of your horse health care program in Vermont? Alfalfa, as with any hay, will vary in nutrient content based on many factors. Have the hay analyzed for nutrient content so that you have an idea of what nutrients it is providing. Your supplier may provide that for you. Alfalfa hay is typically higher in calories, protein, and calcium versus a grass hay type. You may need to adjust the diet to assure the proper balance of calories, protein, and minerals.