Can You Give Horse Wormer in Feed? Is It Safe? (Quick Facts)

By Zunnun Ahmed •  Updated: 09/30/22 •  7 min read

Horse wormers are magic.


They can repel parasitic worms from your horse’s stomach. 

Mainly, this medicine comes with up to 1.85% Ivermectin, which plays the leading role in fighting against parasitic worms in the horse.

However, using a horse wormer would be difficult if you don’t know the perfect way because the horse wormer comes in different versions. Gel, syringed, and pill options are there for you.

So, if you ask, can you give horse wormer in the feed? 

Well, it depends on the type of horse wormer. You can only give horse wormers in the feed when you use the liquid or tablet form of the warmer. Gel & paste needs an empty mouth to work best to eliminate parasitic worms.

Can you mix horse wormer with the feed?

Yes, you can mix horse wormer with feed since it has the tablet and liquid forms. When you buy the horse worm, you must consider your horse’s behavior and eating pattern. If it is used to take everything orally and be afraid of syringes, you should buy the liquid form of the horse wormer or Ivermectin.

That’s right.

The liquid horse wormer will easily mix with the grass and other horse feed. You can mix it with the grains or whatever you give your horse to eat. I prefer to give the horse warmer water and syringes. These two are the best ways to warm your horse regularly.

Fair enough, but………

If you have the paste wormer, you should mix it with dry horse food to make an excellent taste. In that case, you must buy the safest dry horse food to mix the horse warmer perfectly. 

But first a warning:

You cannot mix horse wormers with the feeds and need to offer the syringes in empty mouths. If your horse has something in its mouth, remove them first. Then you can apply the paste or syringes to the horse warmer.

Can you mix horse wormer with feed?

Should I worm my horse before or after food?

You should worm your horse before food. Before feeding your horse’s grain, you should administer the wormer. You must heed the recommendation to keep horses away from fields for at least 24 to 48 hours following worming, particularly if you intend to treat tapeworm. 

Here is the deal:

The tapeworm segments shed after treatment are packed with eggs, and when these eggs hatch in the dung, they release a new potential for infection into the pasture.

The truth is……

Internal parasites are generally present within the digestive systems of horses. Even though some parasites are necessary for a horse to have to keep its stomach healthy, having an excessive number of worms can be harmful to your horse and lead to several conditions that could be fatal. 

So what does all this mean?

Following a regular deworming plan can keep horses healthy and reduce the spreading of worms from one horse to another.

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Tricks to worming difficult horses

All Horses are not always good boys (in comparison to their behavior).

Some may be docile and easily cooperate with whatever we are saying. But problems that arise with those stubborn horses will create issues in worming.

It’s a whole lot of drama!!!!

Here are some tricks to worm your difficult horses if you’re in the same boat. 


How often should horses be de-wormed?

Horses should be dewormed approximately every 2 months. Several factors, including determining the frequency of a horse’s need for deworming treatment-

There is no single, tried-and-true method for deworming a horse that is successful for all animals in all environments or for all kinds of worms. 

Let me show you a little history of it.

In the past, deworming treatments were carried out once every two months, and different kinds of dewormers were utilized each time to prevent the parasites from becoming immune to the meds. 

On the other hand, the only thing required to keep some horses in pristine condition is to deworm them twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. 

After the initial problem is fixed, other animals may need to keep getting worm-killing medicine in their food to keep worms from returning.

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Care take & managing the horse after worming

You cannot free your horse after worming because it may react or will take time to become normal. Yes, it is safe but still medication, and it can turn into a different story anytime.

That’s why you should keep an eye after giving worming. 

Be careful with the worm packages: 

Instead of worming the horse in the field, it is best to do so on a surface area that can be easily cleaned if necessary. 

And please, I beg you-

Throw away the package responsibly, preferably in a trash can with a lid. When working with the poisonous substance ivermectin, take extreme caution.

Keep your horse away from grazing: 

It is crucial to adhere to the recommendation that horses should not be allowed to graze for at least 24 to 48 hours after receiving worm medication. This is because the tapeworm segments shed after treatment are packed with eggs, and when these eggs hatch in the dung, they release a new potential for infection into the pasture. 

If you cannot keep them contained, it might be beneficial to shift them to a new pasture if possible.

Be conventional: 

Protecting our environment and extending the useful life of our medications can be accomplished. If you can, try to stop the worms from reproducing by picking up their poop, cross-grazing, or harrowing (when the weather is dry and sunny). Don’t just use chemicals all the time.


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The moral of the story – Is it safe to give a horse warmer in the feed?

You can only use the feed’s liquid and paste form of the horse warmer. In contrast, the syringed horse warmer cannot be mixed with feed.

Besides, you should know how to manage your horses after worming and tricks to worming difficult horses. I have already explained them above from my own experiences. By the way, how do you Deworm your horse? Let me know.

Zunnun Ahmed

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