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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
A recent paper published in the International Journal for Parasitology has confirmed that egg reappearance periods after treatment are shortening - an early indicator that worms are developing resistance to anthelmitic drugs. The lack of any new worming compounds on the horizon is driving researchers to find better ways to manage worms in domestic horses.
Why do we worm horses anyway?
PLEASE NOTE: Update - 1st April 2013 - Due to the overwhelming response to this research project, The University of Queensland is no longer accepting samples for faecal egg counts. This part of the project is now closed so the researchers can progress with the study. Thank you to everyone who participated in the project. We will be updating you on the progress.
Recommending the right horse wormer for horses under two years old has just become easier thanks to two Virbac products that can now combat resistance issues and protect young horses against the deadly roundworm Parascaris equorum. Virbac’s Equimax Elevation and Strategy T have both just been approved by the APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) to be used to combat mectin-resistant roundworms.