Worm and virus control in your horse barn
Worms and viruses proliferate in dirty conditions, which is why it’s especially important to make sure that all areas where your horses are housed are kept clean. Horse stalls, because of the smaller confined area, are at an even higher risk for worms and viruses. Additionally, horses kept in small unclean areas or stalls can easily pick up worms from their own or other horses feces.
If your horse is stalled on a regularly, it’s best to muck the stall twice a day, making sure to pick up all soiled bedding. However, if the floor is covered in horse stall mats, they are less likely to be attractive places for worms and viruses to grow – as long as you keep them dry and clean. With this in mind, it’s best to remove the stall mats for a deep cleaning at least twice each year.
Stalls with dirt floors are a breeding ground for worms and viruses. If your stalls have dirt floors, take special care to keep them clean. Old dirt should be scooped out at least 2-3 times each year and new put in its place. This makes it more difficult for anything to grow on your floor.
Worms and viruses love to grow in dark moist places; therefore controlling them is largely about keeping areas dry and clean. Use common sense with your horse stall cleanliness and keep them as clean as possible. Also, make sure your horse is on a regular de-worming program. Doing these things on a regular basis will get you one step closer to keeping worms and viruses under control and away from your horses.