Last year The British Riding Clubs Horse Health survey1, commissioned by Zoetis, revealed that 36% of the 559 horse owners asked never conduct FWECs. A more recent survey, conducted by Countrywide and collaborators, has reiterated that many horse owners are still not getting it right. 2 Experts agree that it’s crucial for vets, SQPs and horse owners to all work together to help change approaches and understanding of best worming practice, with the aim of reducing the build-up of resistance to wormers and maintaining the future health of our horses.
“The growing threat of worms becoming resistant to the chemical ingredients in wormers means we must always look at the bigger picture to achieve effective and sustainable worm control,” said Wendy Talbot. “Dosing correctly and as infrequently as possible is the key. This can be achieved by using faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) appropriately, assessing every horse individually and always practicing good pasture management.”
1The British Riding Clubs Horse Health Survey, commissioned by Zoetis, was completed online by 559 horse owners in the UK, during February 2014. The survey contained 21 questions on general horse health, care and management.
2The survey was conducted by Countrywide, in collaboration with Westgate Laboratories, Norbrook and BW Equine Vets. Nearly 1,000 horse owners were surveyed on their current worming practice and knowledge. The results were issued in February 2015.
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