Horse Clear from Effective Pet Wellness: Product Review
One of my goals for this year was to learn how to do my own fecal egg counts (FECs) for my horses. I wanted to learn this for several reasons: to know if and when my horses needed a deworming product, to save money, and to test the efficacy of natural deworming products that I’ve been wanting to try.
So back in March, I decided to bite the bullet. I bought a good microscope and a FEC kit from Farmstead Health Supply and just dove right in.
When I did my first FEC count on all three horses, I was quite surprised by what I saw–all three of them had moderate to high numbers of small strongyle eggs. I also saw a couple of tape worm eggs.
I had been interested in trying out an herbal deworming product called Horse Clear from Effective Pet Wellness, and the company gave me a heavily discounted price on the product, plus another product called Clearacell, which they recommended for my three horses due to the high infestations.
But the truth was, I was worried. The company recommended for me to feed the Horse Clear for fifteen days, and I would have to wait until after that to see if it had been effective. To tell the truth, I panicked a bit with Lee Lee, who had the highest FEC count, and gave her a paste wormer right away.
But I did try the Horse Clear and Clearacell with the other two horses (I later gave it to Lee Lee as well). And below are my FEC results as well as an honest review of the product. Since Hershey and Kady were the only two who had not recently been given another type of dewormer, I will limit the results to them.
I did my first FEC on April 3. As stated in this post about doing your own fecal egg counts, according to the kit I bought, a heavy infestation is suspected if you see 4 or more eggs per field. Hershey had a heavy infestation of small strongyles while Kady had a moderate infestation (2-3 eggs per field).
The Horse Clear and Clearacell came in a few days later and I started the horses on it. The Horse Clear comes as a powder which you add to their feed twice per day. It has a pleasant smell and has a small amount of black strap molasses added to it in order to make it more palatable. The Clearacell is a capsule, which you add to their feed as well.
Considering my horses have had minerals and even Vitamin E gelcaps added to their feed for several years now, I didn’t think they’d have a problem with it. And they did eat it just fine. I checked their feed buckets to make sure they were completely empty after feedings.
The horses completed the fifteen days of Horse Clear (and ten days of Clearacell) and I did my next FEC on April 27th.
This time, Hershey’s egg count had reduced to a light-moderate level (1-3 eggs per field) and Kady’s had done the same. It was obvious that the counts had been reduced from what they were in the first check. I knew that a 0 egg count wasn’t necessarily feasible, nor completely necessary, but when I reported my findings to the owners of Effective Pet Wellness, they wanted to send me one more week’s worth of the Horse Clear. I agreed.
By the next FEC on May 17th, both horses had a very light (0-1 ova per field) infestation. I was satisfied that the FEC had been effectively reduced at this point.
So was the product effective at reducing parasites? Given that the only quantifiable method of testing a dewormer’s efficacy is the FEC (though not completely foolproof and it doesn’t give an estimation of adult parasites), then I’d say, yes, the product was effective.
Did it ‘completely clear all parasitic infections’ as the company advertises? Not completely, in my case. But, I’m not sure if any dewormer on the market could do that in every circumstance though.
Here are the positive aspects of Horse Clear, as I see it:
- Pleasant smell;
- Easy to feed; and
- Completely natural (ingredients include: olive leaf, Oregon grape root, pau d’ arco bark, sweet potato tuber, banana peel, pomegranate, cellulase , catawissa onion, black strap molasses).
And here are the drawbacks:
- Fairly expensive as far as dewormers go; and
- Possibility that horse might not consume directed amount in feed over prescribed time period.
I will say that the gentleman that I communicated with at Effective Pet Wellness were very helpful. They answered every question I asked and were good about explaining how the products worked.
Would I buy this product again?
Maybe. I love the idea of using an herbal dewormer, but the cost could be a factor for me–especially with three horses. If I find this to be the only natural dewormer that reduces egg counts, then that would increase the likelihood of buying it again.