An Alternative Approach To Intestinal Parasite (Worm)
Control In Your Horse
do you know my horse has worms? How are you sure that the deworming
medication got rid of the worms my horse had? These were the 2 most
often asked questions by owners when I routinely dewormed their
horses. The answer to these 2 questions was always the same, the
company that manufactures the deworming medication says they do
and also assures us that their medication got rid of them. Horsemen's
Laboratory was created to give horse owners a much more convenient,
accurate and reliable answer to these 2 questions than was previously
you ever wondered if your horse is really harboring those dreaded
enemies the worms? After 18 years of routinely deworming horses
and answering the above 2 questions over and over I rediscovered
something that has changed the way I look at the routine deworming
schedule. As an equine veterinarian, I started checking the stool
of all the horses I was treating on the every 2-month routine deworming
schedule. This research revealed that less than 1 out of 10 of the
horses in my practice was passing worm eggs, the best indication
that they were not infected with adult worms.
after consulting with veterinarians that specialize in equine intestinal
parasitology, I decided to do something revolutionary. Horsemen's
Laboratory was started to give horse owners an alternative to the
routine deworming schedule. Our goal is to take the guesswork out
of deworming programs. Horsemen's Laboratory provides horse owners
with postage paid kits to mail their horse's fecal samples to the
laboratory. When Horsemen's Laboratory receives these samples, a
microscopic examination is performed on each of them and the results
are mailed, emailed, or faxed to the owners.
Laboratory has a program where by our clients, whose horses are
negative for evidence of worms, are mailed a reminder and kits to
recheck their horses every 3 months. When a horse's fecal sample
contains worm eggs, the results identifying the type of worm are
sent with a recommendation to deworm the horse. A new kit is included
with the results so the owner can recheck the horse 3 weeks after
deworming to insure that the treatment was effective. Treatment
is considered successful when there is a 90% drop in the number
of eggs per gram of feces following treatment.
is it important to know how many worm eggs are in a horse's stool
sample? The number of worm eggs in a horse's stool sample is the
only objective measurement we have to evaluate a worm infestation
in the live horse. Many will say it is not very accurate and has
many shortcomings. However, this is the only test that is used to
evaluate deworming medications in the live horse. An owner can also
use the information provided by Horsemen's Laboratory to show prospective
buyers that the horse's history indicates it has been protected
from the effects of worms.
would a horse owner want the information Horsemen's Laboratory provides?
Many times when a horse is in serious training for a certain event,
a trainer may not want to lay the horse up for a routine deworming.
Having a stool sample examined, a non-invasive procedure, to determine
that the horse does not have adult worms in the digestive tract,
can give the trainer and owner peace of mind that the deworming
is not needed at that specific time. Having a horse's stool checked
before it leaves a trainer's barn to go home or to another trainer's
barn can give creditability to the trainer that he took good care
of that horse while in his care if the stool was negative or had
a low egg count. . Presently, many owners have their horses' dewormed
just prior to being sent to a trainer and the trainer often has
the horse dewormed within a few days after arriving at their barn.
This doubling up of deworming can be detrimental to the horse. Having
a horse's stool sample checked when it arrives at a trainer's barn
can prevent a needless deworming treatment. Some horses may have
a reaction to the medication and can even colic after deworming.
Breeding farms can have their foals checked every 3 months for intestinal
parasites until they are sold as yearlings. Horsemen's Laboratory
maintains a history on each horse. This history can be provided
to the owners to present to prospective buyers thereby assuring
the buyer that the breeder has protected this yearling against the
adverse effects of worms.
programs and schedules should be based on the presence of adult
worms in the intestinal tract, not on some every 2-month cycle.
Each situation and environment horses are kept in effects how often
they should be dewormed. We have samples that have come to Horsemen's
Laboratory that bears out this fact. For example, we have had a
number of cases of horses on the daily dewormer regimes that were
still passing stool with 300-500 strongyle eggs per gram of feces.
For such horses, we can advise the owners as to what change in deworming
medication may be best. We also have had samples from horses on
our program that continue to have no eggs in their samples even
after 3 years without being dewormed.
Laboratory offers the horse owner knowledge of how effective their
deworming program is and consultations on how it can be altered
accordingly to make it more efficient. Horsemen's Laboratory takes
the guesswork out of developing an effective deworming program for
each individual horse's situation.
get more information about Horsemen's Laboratory at www.horsemenslab.com.
Or they may contact Horsemen's Laboratory at 1-800-544-0599 or e-mail