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There are earth worm looking worms in the horse drinking

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There are earth worm looking worms in the horse drinking buckets. Are they Earth worms or from my horse? It seems they swim around untill they drown..
I've never seen them do that before this year!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 11 months ago.

Hi there. Thanks for the question. Let me see if I can help. Does your defecate in his water bucket? If so, then they could be coming from him. If not, there is no way a horse intestinal parasite could get into the water bucket except from fecal contamination. If he does defecate in his bucket, then they are likely one of two types of parasites. If they are large and white-ish, then they are ascarids (large round worms). If they are small, thin and reddish in color, then they are small strongyles or sometimes called bloodworms. I hope this helps. best of luck.

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