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Worming, Parasites

The Big Problem with Small Strongyles

June 2018

Wherever you find horses, you’ll find small strongyles - otherwise known as redworms or, more precisely, cyathostomins (si-a-tos-tomins).  We refer to these parasites collectively as a single group, although there are actually more than 50 known cyathostomin species, about 10 of which are considered common.  Unfortunately, these intestinal worms and horses are a package deal, and they are usually present in numbers greater than you’d care to imagine. 

Biological Worm Control: An Australian Innovation Now a Reality

June 2018

BioWorma has been dubbed a game-changer in worm control. It is a biological worm control product, which has the potential to save graziers and horse owners time and money - both through limiting stock losses and also reducing the need for chemical drenches for cattle, sheep, goats and horses. After more than 20 years of research and development, Australian farmers and horse owners will be the first in the world to access this new product which has just been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Testing for Tapeworm also Effective at Reducing Anthelmintic Drugs

May 2018

Research published in Equine Veterinary Journal shows testing for tapeworms using the commercially available EquiSal® test and treating only the horses affected, significantly reduces the use of anti-tapeworm treatments and, therefore, will reduce selection pressure for tapeworm resistance to anthelmitic drugs in the future.

New Moxidectin Horse Wormer Now Available

March 2017

Managing internal parasites in horses is a fundamental part of protecting your horse’s health. Now there’s a new treatment available to incorporate into your wormer rotation program.  Bayer has just launched E-Mox Pro, a new Moxidectin triple active combination wormer paste that’s the latest in parasite control. With years of research and development, Bayer has developed a highly effective, strategic worming treatment that not only provides effective worm control, but also manages wormer resistance.

2016 EWEN Research: Turning to Forage for Worming Alternatives

December 2016

Founder of MB Equine Services, Mariette van den Berg, travelled in June this year to Europe to attend two very special equine science conferences - the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN) and the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference. At both of these conferences, Mariette presented results from her PhD project that focuses on behavioural mechanisms of diet selection by horses.  In this series, she features a selection of interesting topics and findings from research projects presented at the 8th bi-annual EWEN, which was held in Dijon, France.

New Saliva Test Under Development to Diagnose Equine Encysted Small Strongyle Infection

August 2016

Scientists at Moredun are currently developing a novel diagnostic test for the assessment of encysted small strongyle larval burdens in horses. The diagnostic test detects antibodies to larval cyathostomins encysted in the gut wall of infected horses. Moredun has now entered into a collaboration with Austin Davis Biologics (service providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing) to develop the test for use with saliva samples. If successful, this would simplify the sample collection process for horse owners, enabling them to take samples directly from their horses for analysis.

The Big Problem with Small Strongyles

July 2016

Wherever you find horses, you’ll find small strongyles, otherwise known as redworms or, more precisely, cyathostomins (si-a-tos-tomins). We refer to these parasites collectively as a single group, although there are actually more than 50 known cyathostomin species, about 10 of which are considered common.  Unfortunately, these intestinal worms and horses are a package deal, and they are usually present in numbers greater than you’d care to imagine. 

Say Neigh to Itch and Ticks

November 2015

Ark Essentials is a small retail business based in the Hunter Valley town of Cessnock in New South Wales. At Ark Essentials, we are dedicated to providing non-toxic, natural and raw organic products for healing and protecting ourselves, and our beloved animal friends from the ever increasing number of bugs and skin issues that are becoming more resistant to chemical treatments.

Drug Resistance in Horse Worms: An Australian Study

April 2015

Three years on from the launch of an Australian study into drug resistance in horse worms, the results are in! The project produced some really useful data which was lacking in the Australian literature and also shed light on some concerning issues that impact all facets of the equine industry. Here is a short summary of the background of the project, what I did and what I found. There are two worms that demand most of our attention when managing equine parasites; small strongyles and the large roundworm of foals, Parascaris equorum.

Parasites

September 2014

Intestinal worms are present in all horse, pony, donkey and mule populations worldwide, and are considered the major health problem of these species.  Recent research findings have changed our understanding of worms and how to manage them and, in this article, Dr Natasha Hovanessian from the Canberra Equine Hospital addresses the changes and informs of current recommended management practices for all horses.

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