Should I wait until my mare starts dropping feed and losing weight to have her teeth floated, or should I have them tended to before that happens?
Foals, weanlings, and yearlings appear particularly susceptible to high roundworm burdens, likely because they have little natural immunity against most disease-causing pathogens, parasites included.
In the face of a persistent increase in resistance of equine internal parasites to available chemical dewormers, Martin Nielsen, D.V.M., Ph.D., is choosing a different approach to parasite control.
In reference to horses, the term “biosecurity” simply refers to management strategies that minimize the introduction and spread of infectious diseases on farms.
A horse with thumps looks alarmingly like a human with hiccups. In horses, spasms of the diaphragm cause marked twitching of the flanks that mirror heartbeat. The origin of thumps in horses can usually be traced to electrolyte imbalance.
Most mare owners know the dangers of fescue toxicity—prolonged gestation, scant milk production, difficult birth. Because of these risks, owners scour pastures to be sure tall fescue hasn’t gained a foothold.
Owners of wood-chewing horses generally cite boredom as the basis for the frustrating vice. Is monotony the motive behind wood-chewing? Or has blame been misplaced?
One important way to slow the building resistance of internal parasites to chemical dewormers is by performing routine fecal egg counts (FECs) on horses. A smartphone app can help horse owners with FECs.
Common internal parasites, like roundworms and strongyles, are becoming resistant to a number of the deworming products currently available for horses, according to researchers.
Despite aggressive research efforts over the past decade, some horse owners continue to stick to tried-and-true ways of deworming their charges with chemical anthelmintics (dewormers).
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