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Saturday, 19 November Blog

posted 19 Nov 2011, 10:23 by Abacus Equine Lab   [ updated 19 Nov 2011, 10:27 ]

Hi All

Well, here we are towards the end of the working year for Abacus.  We are still getting lots of individual requests for a wormcount but all our large yards are on their winter worming process ready to start their wormcount programme again next spring.  This is the time that we take a few days off to recharge our batteries.  The lab will be closed for wormcounts from 25th November until the 6th December but we will still be answering all our clients’ (and not-yet clients!) queries and taking bookings daily by email so don’t worry if you can’t speak to us, we are still here, just drop us an email and we will answer the same day! 

This week we have been doing a lot of farmyard wormcounts.  We offer a wormcount service to all species (except human, although we have been asked if we will test some people poo which we declined!) and we seem to have been doing a large amount of chickens.  Small animals who produce a surprising amount of faeces!  It keeps us busy and on our toes. 

Those of you who have been following my poor horse, Eric’s progress at the ‘horsepital’ in Newmarket will know that he was attacked by another horse in his field back in July and we are now finding out the full extent of the damage that the horse caused him.  He has fractured his pelvis (actually his croup) which has caused spinal cord damage, semi-paralysing his bladder and making him extremely wobbly on his hind legs.  He went back to Newmarket for another lavage of the bladder last Wednesday and unfortunately the outcome was not good.  He still had about two litres of sludge in his bladder though the Professor who is looking after him did concede that he was a bit stronger behind.  She actually said, “well he didn’t fall over this time so he must be a bit better!”  I think she was almost as disappointed as I was that he had not made much of an improvement however, we are going to wash him out twice more and he has to go back to Newmarket on 29 December for another endoscope.  I think we will be in a better position to make some decisions then so watch this space and please, keep your fingers crossed for him.  You can follow his progress on facebook at You will find  pictures of him on our website on the “What makes Abacus so different” and the “Contact” pages. He is the chestnut!

Well, that’s it for now.  I won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks but will be on facebook and twitter (  See you here again on Saturday, 11 December. 

By for now 

The Ab-Lab Team

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