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Sep 27, 2013
Category: W-Z
Posted by: admin

Printed tapes that can be used to provide an estimate of what a horse weighs. The

instructions for each tape should be read carefully before use as the technique and accuracy can

vary considerably between different weigh-tapes.

Sep 27, 2013
Category: T-V
Posted by: admin

A modification of Strategic Worming where Faecal Worm Egg Counts

are used over the summer grazing period to identify “wormy” horses so that wormers are only given

to those horses that need it.

Sep 27, 2013
Category: J-L
Posted by: admin

Severe profuse diarrhoea caused by the simultaneous mass emergence of

large numbers of encysted small redworm. This results in extensive damage to the intestine causing

a loss of fluid and protein and also reducing the intestine’s ability to absorb fluid and nutrients.

Larval cyathostominosis can prove fatal in up to 50% of cases. Young horses are more susceptible to

larval cyathostominosis

Sep 27, 2013
Category: G-I
Posted by: admin

The use of an implement usually pulled behind a tractor to break down lumps of soil

and even out pasture. Harrowing is mistakenly thought to help with parasite control by spreading

uncollected poo over a large area thus exposing eggs and larvae contained in them to the elements.

It was thought that during the summer this would destroy them by drying them out; however, in

temperate climates such as the UK there is insufficient time with high enough temperatures without

rain to achieve this objective.

Sep 27, 2013
Category: D-F
Posted by: admin

Small redworm larvae that, after burrowing into the wall of the intestine,

stop and remain within a small pocket until they are stimulated to continue their development.

Small redworm larvae will encyst at certain times of the year when environmental conditions

are unfavourable especially over the winter or if there are large numbers of adult worms in the


Sep 27, 2013
Category: Q-S
Posted by: admin

A group of parasitic worms also known as nematodes. They are often described as a

tube within a tube due to the gastro-intestinal tract that runs from the mouth at the front to the

anus at the rear. They also have a nervous and a reproductive system. Roundworm infections in

horses can be a cause of a variety of problems including weight loss, diarrhoea, poor coat condition,

colic, coughing, anaemia, intestinal blockage and intestinal rupture

Sep 27, 2013
Category: M-P
Posted by: admin

An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism, known as

the host. The process generally contributes nothing to the survival of the host and will often harm or

may even kill it.

Sep 27, 2013
Category: Q-S
Posted by: admin

Stands for Suitably Qualified Person. “Suitably Qualified Person" is the legal term for animal

medicine advisors who form a category of professionally qualified people who are entitled to

prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines (e.g. Horse wormers) in the UK under the

Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

Sep 27, 2013
Category: A-C
Posted by: admin

Also referred to as Faecal Worm Egg Counts, FWEC or FEC. A laboratory test that

involves examination of a sample of horse dung for evidence of worm eggs which are then counted

and presented as a result in eggs per gram (epg) of dung. Interpretation of the results of FWECs

requires care and should only be done by a qualified professional.