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New Year's Eve 2011 Blog

posted 31 Dec 2011, 06:13 by Abacus Equine Lab

Hi All 

Well, what an amazingly busy week we have had on the wormcount front.  One of our big yards called to  say that they had just done their winter worming with Equest Pramox (as advised by us) and they wanted to check that there was no resistance or underworming issues on their yard.  They had a few new horses arrived so were not sure about weights etc.  We offer a free weight-tape service to ensure that owners are giving the correct amount of wormer for the size of their horse or pony as underworming can cause a lot of problems. Before you all shout “Weigh tapes are not accurate” (I can hear the war cry from here!), mine has been calibrated against a weigh bridge and is accurate to 2kg so I am happy with that. 

The call was to wormcount the entire yard of 45 which we did on Thursday.  All clear, so well done to them! Yesterday we did the same job at their neighbour’s yard (word of mouth is a great thing!) We wormcounted 39 and again, all clear, so no issues with Equest Pramox or their worming regime.  We will see them all again in April to start the wormcount programme for 2012. 

I had a conversation with a delightful lady of a ‘certain vintage’ this week.  She had owned horses for most of her life and was of the old school opinion that once a horse reached a pensionable age (in this case 25!) a horse does not need to be wormed.  We had a long chat about the merits of continuing to wormcount and worm in winter for the encysted redworms, tapes, bots etc and she argued that old horses need not be wormed as they didn’t have a problem!  I took a great deal of time to explain to her that it is really important to keep a very close eye on the elderly horse as the immune system is quite often compromised by an underlying illness or, indeed, just old age, so they cannot fight off the worm onslaught as easily as their younger counterparts.  She did finally agree that there was merit in this, especially as she could use the ‘new-fangled’ wormcount system so that she only had to worm once a year!  A great convert which exercised my SQP’s brain I can tell you! 

Abacus has enjoyed a wonderful 2011, has been extremely busy with two Labs in constant use and the diary is filling up nicely for next year so all that remains now is for me to hope you have a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration and that 2012 is a great year for you too.  Keep safe and see you next year! 

By for now 

The Ab-Lab Team

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