Feeding for Natural Immune Resilience

We have an extremely interesting chat with Independent Equine Nutritionist Clare MacLeod MSc RNutr with some great questions, delving in to her extensive knowledge on the subject of feeding horses for natural immune resilience and to help them achieve optimum health. Nutrition plays an important role in supporting our horse’s own ability to resist infection and disease – be that from parasites, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens. A healthy natural immunity reduces the need for intervention with wormers and other chemicals. This in turn has many benefits to your horse, the environment, and your pocket!


Surviving Summer; Horse Healthcare with Equilibrium Products & Westgate Labs

To scrape or not to scrape? Temperatures have rocketed in the UK this summer so we had a very timely chat with Laura Szuca from Equilibrium Products to talk all things summer horse health - including the lowdown on cooling horses, overcoming the challenges brought about by heat and flies and what to do about summer parasite control.

Wormer resistance - what it means for your horse's health

Our Marketing Director and RAMA Claire Shand chats to Claire Williams from the the British Equestrian Trade Association about the threat of wormer resistance. What is it? How does it occur? What are the implications for our horse's health and what does the future hold?

How to use a weigh tape

A weigh tape is a useful tool to help you monitor your horse's weight. Essential for calculating wormer dose as well as keeping an eye on their condition. We’d always advise adding 10% to a weigh tape reading when calculating wormer dose to ensure you give sufficient for their size as it is a formula after all!
In this video Nikki puts Fern on the weigh bridge and demonstrates how to use a weigh tape to get the most accurate reading - with thanks to the fab Nikki Meggison BSc Hons - Independent Equine Nutritionist

New research shows traditional frequent worming is unnecessary

New research, from leading equine parasitologist Dr Martin Nielsen, has provided more evidence to show that reducing worming (or more correctly, de-worming) intensity, does not have any adverse health risks to horses. The work confirms that the traditional approach of frequent routine de-worming at pre-determined intervals, without the use of diagnostic testing is unnecessary. Read the summary to Martin's paper here

Back Yard Poultry: Worming with NetTex and Tommy The Vet

This is a great video from NetTex that covers the basics of worm control in back yard hens ad poultry. Meet vet Tommy Heffernan from Kerry in Ireland with his hens!

World Horse Welfare Webinar, managing and controlling worms in your horse and on their pasture

We joined World Horse Welfare in a webinar to discuss all things worm related! We looked at the latest on drug resistance and why we need to move to evidence based control. Testing techniques available for the different parasites and then how to build this into a programme for a healthy horse.

Panelists were Kristy Hodgson, current Equine SQP of the year, and Claire Shand from Westgate Laboratories and they were joined by two World Horse Welfare Field Officers, Sarah Tucker and Chris Shaw, also SQPs, who together will be sharing their knowledge and experiences on how they have been helping owners and their horses control worm burdens and other parasites, as well as sharing experiences of what can happen when situations get out of control.

Both Westgate and World Horse Welfare promote the use of a targeted worm control approach, reducing the unnecessary use of drugs, as well as reducing the risk of resistance to these vital drugs.

Sand Testing to reduce the risk of sand colic

⏳ Horses grazing sandy soils, kept on bare or overgrazed paddocks/track systems or being fed in a ménage are at risk of ingesting sand. For these horses we recommend a dung sample be taken at intervals through the year and checked with a sedimentation test to assess sand levels in the gut.

This is because sand is a relatively common cause of colic in horses. It gets ingested as they graze and can accumulate in the colon over time. Here it irritates the gut lining and, in sufficient quantity, has the ability to cause impaction of the gut which, if not treated in time, can be fatal.

In this video we faecal sand test two horses and look at ways to help reduce gut sediment levels where these have accumulated. Our sand test kit won the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) 2020 Judges' Choice Innovation award and is an easy way to monitor this aspect of your horse's wellbeing.

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If you have any health concerns about your horse please consult your vet.

Take our online course 'An Intro to Parasite Control in Horses'

Have you got 30mins to brush up your horse care knowledge this week? Find out about parasites in horses, the dangers of wormer resistance and how to use worm egg counts and tests in this fun short course. Aimed at 12yrs + everyone gets a certificate and the chance to enter our prize draw if you complete by the end of May!

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