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22nd April 2012 Blog

posted 22 Apr 2012, 05:29 by Abacus Equine Lab

Hi All

I want to tell you about an amazing day I had doing worm counts for a rescue centre in Leicestershire this week.  We had a phone call a week or two ago asking if we only did horses but as we are able to worm count a variety of animals we said we would come up and have a look!

In the end it fell to me to do the whole day so off I set armed with several different floatation solutions (as different species worm eggs weigh different amounts and some will not float in our usual strongyle solution).

I was welcomed by one of the biggest dogs I have ever seen who was swiftly removed from the porch by the owner of the sanctuary as he has had a difficult life and is somewhat unpredictable with new people! I was taken first to see the latest arrival.  Picture the cutest thing you can think of.  Now double it.  That is what was waiting for me in a field behind the farm.  A miniature horse cross miniature Shetland and her three day old foal!!!  Now that is cute. They were sharing their field with another mini pony who was inseparable from the mare and so was allowed to stay with Mum and foal!

Next I was taken into a feed room which had been set up with a cow-coloured (Friesian) plastic table cloth laid with a delightful tea tray (for me) and several professional looking sample pots each containing a different species of poo! I ended up doing goat, pony, llama, alpaca, pig, sheep, chicken, turkey, dog and bunny!

This place takes in waifs and strays from people who cannot manage their pets any longer.  For example there were several pigs which had been sole as micro pigs but most definitely weren’t that micro now that they were fully grown.  The whole place was privately funded with help from locals who drop off spare feed etc.  We were proud and happy to be able to help by giving them a ‘very special rate’ for their worm counts.

It turned out that the only animal on the who place that had any parasites was the bunny! A triumph for mixed species grazing as they are all turned out in a huge field together and the owner could not remember when he had last wormed them but it was certainly over a year ago!   The only suggestion I made was to worm the foal with some Fenbendazole to take care of any Ascarids that may creep in otherwise just keep worm counting and target worm those that start showing any signs of parasite burden.

I had a fantastic day at this amazing place and cannot wait to go back in six months time to see how they get on after the summer grazing season.

Bye for now

The Ab-Lab Team

We count at your yard!