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Why Rotational Horse Deworming is Irrational

By Nikki Alvin-Smith Administering paste dewormers such as Ivermectin every 6-8 weeks, seemed like a good idea at the time, but that was nearly 40 years ago. Paste dewormers provided a quick and easy solution to control internal horse parasites and off we all went down that road. Along the way the scientific community began… Read more »

Stay On Track With Your Horse Worm Control Program

By Nikki Alvin-Smith Like many busy horse owners I do my best to stay on track with my horse herd’s needs when it comes to an effective worm control program. While best intentions are certainly not enough when it comes to taking care of the health of your horse(s), I do confess to sometimes overlooking… Read more »

Targeted Worm Control Versus Routine Scheduled Deworming

At Horsemen’s Laboratory we often receive requests from clients for a routine deworming schedule.  The new worm control program (targeted worm control) for horses involves performing fecal egg counts to determine when horses, as well as which horses, need to be dewormed.  Worm control involves much more than just giving a different dewormer every 6… Read more »

Horses and Worms-Strongyle Egg Shedding Rate(Part 2)

By Dr. John W. Byrd   After studying the samples that tested positive and negative in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Horsemen’s Laboratory’s staff decided to analyze the shedding rate of strongyle eggs during the same years.  The following charts and graphs are the results of that study.  There appears to be very little difference in… Read more »

Horses and Worms – Strongyle Egg Shedding Rate (Part 1)

By John Byrd, DVM   The articles that I write are most often answers to questions Horsemen’s Laboratory has received over the 25 years we have been helping horse owners evaluate their horse’s worm control program. This is the first part of a two-part series discussing several of these questions. We have reviewed the results… Read more »

Price Increase Coming Soon …

Order today and take advantage of our current prices on our Equine Fecal Worm Testing Kits before they increase on May 1st, 2018. Thank you for your loyal support over the years, we look forward to continuing to help you evaluate your horses’ worm control program. However, due to the increases in labor, materials, and… Read more »

EquiSal: Tapeworm Test for Horses

Horsemen’s Laboratory is sorry to announce that the EquiSal test is no longer available in the United States. Unfortunately due to unforeseen ongoing issues with customs and excise, EquiSal Tapeworm is currently not being sold into the United States. We are investigating alternative ways to bring tapeworm testing to the United States in the near… Read more »

Does Sending Samples through the Mail Affect Fecal Egg Count Accuracy?

By John Byrd, DVM When I started Horsemen’s Laboratory, over 25 years ago, I asked the same question and searched for a container that would preserve the sample and the eggs and be suitable for shipping. Along the way, I spoke to several experts in the field of equine parasitology and they agreed that our… Read more »

Why We Recommend Checking Each Horse in the Pasture

By John Byrd, DVM The best part of owning Horsemen’s Laboratory is getting to meet people who share my love of horses and have an interest in their health and welfare. Rene Stone, the Founder of Serenity Stables, is one of those people; she has been a loyal client for many years and has over… Read more »

Does Sending Samples through the Mail Affect Fecal Egg Count Accuracy?

By John Byrd, DVM Horsemen’s Laboratory often gets this question and we have determined that exposure to oxygen is the main factor. If samples are packed firmly so that the eggs are exposed to very little oxygen then they are fine. Eggs need oxygen for the larvae to develop and hatch, once the eggs hatch… Read more »