October 14, 2017, 10:00am - October 14, 2017, 5:00pm
Want to know more about saddle fit for your horse? Park Equine Hospital is hosing a saddle fitting clinic with County Saddlery owner and designer Gene Freeze. In the morning session, participants wil...
Last week, The Dr. Bryan Waldridge Sprint was held at Kentucky Downs in honor of our outstanding veterinarian, Dr. Waldridge. The winning horse was Miss Nancy, trained by Ian Wilkes, and the jockey was Julien Leparoux. ... See MoreSee Less
With the changing of the seasons and the first frosts nearing, it’s time to think about fall deworming. A high parasite load can be a burden on your horse and can cause a poor appearance and in some instances, lead to colic. Before deworming your horse, a Fecal Egg Count (FEC) is recommended to be performed to determine how much of a ‘shedder’ your horse really is. All that is needed is a fresh fecal sample brought into the lab so that a fecal float can be done.
While this doesn’t give us an exact picture of the parasite load your horse carries, it gives a general idea on how many are being shed. Horses are classified into low, moderate, and high shedders based on the fecal float, and this information can be used to develop a deworming program. Low shedders can be dewormed twice a year, moderate shedders three times a year, and high shedders should be dewormed four times a year.
By performing a FEC and getting an overall idea, you can help prevent resistance to the deworming medications available. A FEC is also useful to evaluate the efficacy of the dewormer being used, by comparing the egg count prior to deworming to an egg count about two weeks after being treated.
As the winter approaches, late fall/early winter is a good time to treat for tapeworms and bots. A dewormer containing ivermectin/moxidectin and praziquantel would be ideal for these parasites. ... See MoreSee Less