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Saturday, 13th August Blog

posted 13 Aug 2011, 07:27 by Abacus Equine Lab   [ updated 13 Aug 2011, 10:27 ]

Hi All

Well this has certainly been a week of contrasts.  The mobile lab has been out every day doing what we do best – wormcount your horses!  We have visited some small yards with 3 or 4 ponies who have an annual wormcount done and we have visited some mega-yards who have their wormcount done every 3 months.  What remains the same however, is the growing belief that the way forward for resistance-free parasite control in our horses is to have a wormcount done and only worm when absolutely necessary, with the correct product and the correct dose, which is where we come in! 

The economic climate means that people are trying to save money wherever possible and with hay, bedding, feed, insurance, fuel, entry fees (I could go on...) looking like they will be rivaling gold dust in the expensive stakes this year, canny horse people are looking for a real bargain.  This is where we at Abacus Equine Lab come in as, not only are our faecal egg count tests highly competitive compared to most postal services, but we also offer so much value added stuff like SQP advice, parasite control strategies, full histories, herd management plans, strategic worming options, (again I could go on...) in with the price of their wormcount that it is little wonder that we are literally run off our feet. 

For several weeks we've been in talks with the wonderful folks at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, to arrange a suitable day to go onsite and wormcount their entire livery yard.  Their test results this week confirmed that even large yards, with excellent pasture management and a committed and disciplined approach to "poo-picking", can return low wormcounts. I love it when a plan comes together! 

Back to the contrasts and we cannot help thinking how lucky we are to live in beautiful rural Northamptonshire and to work in an industry which, not only is great fun, but is a passion to us all.  Our weeks fly by filled with lovely horsey people, delightful yards and fabulous horses. Now compare that with the nightmares that some people have been living this week with the riots across the country. It’s bad enough to think of the terrible time those poor souls had watching their homes and businesses wrecked or going up in flames but nobody has mentioned the poor animals, whether house pets or wild, who also may have been caught up in the fires, noise and general anger that engulfed those towns.  It makes you reflect, doesn’t it? 

On that very sombre note I will wish you a safe and peaceful week and will speak to you again next Saturday. 

Bye for now. 

The Ab-Lab Team

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