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Horse Worming Regime at SimplyHorses Equine Vets

Here is an example of the ideal targeted worming regime we recommend at the clinic.

Note this is not suitable unless the yard (livery or private)  has a strict management and pasture control regime in place.

For more details give us a ring at the clinic.

Targeted Strategic Worming Regime:

March:  Faecal Worm Egg Count (FWEC) taken from every horse, those with levels over 200 eggs per gram are wormed

June: Faecal Worm Egg Count taken from every horse, those with levels over 200 eggs per gram are wormed

September:  Faecal Worm Egg Count taken from every horse, those with levels over 200 eggs per gram are wormed

October:  (Optional often combined with worming  in November) Double Dose of STRONGID P or Double Dose of PYRATAPE P or EQUIMAX for tapeworms (levels not detected on FWEC)

November:  EQUEST or PANACUR 5 day guard or EQUEST PRAMOX (if EQUEST PRAMOX no need to worm for tapeworms in October), this worming is to eradicate small encysted redworms (hibernating red worms).   Good regime for less intensive situations but hard to implement successfully in busy yards with high numbers entering and leaving the yard and high numbers rotating through paddocks:

Paul Proctor MRCVS

Equine Atypical Myopathy

A recent letter in one of our vet journals caught my eye and would be interesting to many of our clients.

We would like to alert practitioners that there has been an extremely high prevalence of equine atypical myopathy this autumn. During October an unusually high number of cases was observed in southern England and throughout northern Europe.

Horse Passports at SimplyHorses

HI just a few words to update you on the new legislation on horse passports, as we do not want any of you to get fined 😉 and I know there is still some confusion on this topic

We am sure you are all aware that all horses have required a passport since February 2005. The current law has been seen by many as lacking teeth but this is expected to change next month.

* You are not probably aware that new legislation will come into force in the UK from the 1st July 2009 requiring all animals that need a passport after that date to be microchipped and the application form must be signed by a vet. If your horse already has a passport the law does not require that they are microchipped.

* Horses will automatically be signed out of the food chain when the passport is issued unless they are registered as foals.

* Livery yard/land owners will be liable to heavy fines if they have horses kept on their premises without passports from 1st July 2009

* Veterinary Surgeons will now be required by law to check a horses’ passport before treating it with most medicines

If you have any horses, ponies or donkeys that have yet to get a passport we would strongly advise that you apply before 30th June 2009.

EU Member States have reached agreement on a new European Regulation that will revise existing equine identification [Horse Passport] legislation. The main new requirement is the compulsory microchipping of foals born after 1 July 2009.

As far as we are aware at the moment a foal born after the 30th June 2009 must be issued with a passport and identichipped by the 31 December of the year of birth or by 6 months of age, whichever is the later.


Equidae (of any age including foals) born before 30th June 2009 do not need to be Micro chipped provided they:

a) Have a passport issued before 30th June 2009.
b) Have a passport application lodged before 30th June.

Only applications received by 30th June postmark would be accepted. This is a legal regulation.

We hope this is clear and will update the information as we get more news


Worming Your Horse: Do It Properly Ask Your Vet!

A recent Study shows no resistance to moxidectin – 04/06/2009

A European study to evaluate the efficacy of the key anthelmintic molecules in treating equine cyathostomins has confirmed that resistance is developing against all of them, with the exception of moxidectin.

The study focused specifically on the molecules fenbendazole, pyrantel, ivermectin and moxidectin.

Resistance to fenbendazole was highlighted as a particular issue with 80 per cent of the yards tested in the UK and Germany showing resistance. Resistance to pyrantel also proved to be increasingly prevalent while cases of ivermectin resistance were emerging.

A small redworm larva The Fort Dodge-sponsored study, the largest of its kind so far undertaken, took place during 2008 and was led by scientific teams from veterinary faculties in Italy and Germany. It was based on Faecal Egg Count Reduction Tests (FECRTs) of 1,704 horses at 102 yards in Italy, Germany and the UK. The calculation of FECR data was performed employing bootstrap analysis of group arithmetic means.

The study concluded that:

* The testing of fenbendazole in a total of 80 yards showed resistance present in more than 80 per cent of the UK and German yards and in 38 per cent of Italian yards;
* Pyrantel was tested in all 102 yards with resistance being found in 25 per cent of yards in all three countries;
* Resistance to ivermectin was significantly lower with resistance found in only one yard in Italy and two in the UK from a total of the 102 yards tested;
* No resistance to moxidectin was detected in any yard in any country;
* Multiple resistance to fenbendazole and pyrantel or ivermectin was identified in all three countries, with one yard in the UK found to have resistance to fenbendazole, pyrantel and ivermectin.