VETERINARY AND HEALTH

Microchipping and Passport Requirements

If a horse has not been previously issued with a passport it will require a microchip before a passport can be applied for. Foals born since 1st August 2009 must be microchipped and have a passport issued before it is 6 months old or by 31 December in the year it’s born, whichever is later.…

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Routine Dental Checks

Routine Dental Checks How often should you have your horse’s teeth checked? How often routine dental checks take place varies according to the individual horse and will depend on age and any pre-existing conditions. A good rule of thumb is that the teeth should be examined at least annually but in some cases checks might…

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Dental Overview

Dental Overview Designed to chew rough fibre for over 18 hours a day, a horse’s teeth are very hard wearing. This diet, together with the horse’s chewing action, wears his teeth down at a rate of approximately 2-3 mm per year. To compensate for this wear a horse’s teeth continue to erupt through the gums…

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Worming: Top Tips For Worm Control

Effective worm control relies on the correct and responsible use of wormers combined with good pasture management. Use faecal worm egg counts (FWEC) during the grazing season (approx. every 12 weeks) to assess whether your horse needs worming. Target the following worms at the correct time of year with an appropriate wormer: Tapeworm and encysted…

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Worming: Worming Programmes

A targeted worming programme and only worming when necessary is better for your horse and reduces the risk of resistance to wormers. The worming programme for individual horses may vary depending on their age, previous worming history and worm burden. A basic targeted worming programme A basic targeted worming programme for an adult horse may…

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Worming: Reducing Resistance to Wormers

Reducing Resistance to Wormers Resistance occurs when a selected wormer no longer effectively controls the worm population and it is an increasingly common problem to all wormers.  Once resistance has been established in a worm population, the health, welfare and performance of worm infested horses will be compromised. Resistance may be increased when too low…

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Worming: Types of worms which affect horses

Worms are a normal occurrence in horses and are present in the vast majority of horses at varying levels of infestation. Eggs can be ingested from infected pasture, and develop inside the horse’s gut or lungs where they have the potential to cause disease. Eggs produced by the adult worm will then be shed in…

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Worming: Faecal Worm Egg Counts (FWEC)

Why do I need to do this test? Faecal worm egg counts detect eggs of strongyle type worms such as large redworms, small redworms and roundworms, but not tapeworms. Regular faecal worm egg counts throughout the grazing season will help to assess whether your horse needs to be wormed. By only worming your horse when…

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