Responsible Worming Protocols

Responsible Worming Protocols

Hopefully, most of you are now aware of the growing resistance problem to wormers in the UK.

Hopefully, most of you are now aware of the growing resistance problem to wormers in the UK. Resistance means that previously effective wormers will not longer work against those same worms they were previously able to kill. We now recommend a targeted approach to worming (on the basis of regular worm egg counts on the droppings through the grazing season) instead of the traditional process of worming horses at set intervals throughout the year. Now is the time to get the first faecal worm egg count of the year in to find out if your horse really needs that Spring wormer!

Did you know?
• For every 10 adult horses grazing only 1 or 2 will need worming
• 4 out of 5 wormers are given unnecessarily
• ‘Targeted’ worming is proven to be cheaper
• Over-worming causes wormers to become ineffective
• Resistance to wormers is already widespread
• Over-worming is damaging to the environment

So, if you are thinking of worming your horse then STOP, collect a ball of faeces and have it assessed. Hopefully your horse will be one of the 80-90% of horses that don't need worming regularly.

Please telephone the clinic on 01451 820 137 for more advice, or begin by submitting your horse's faecal sample to our on-site laboratory for analysis.

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