Why Diligence and Experience Count in Equine Fecal Worm Egg Testing

By Nikki Alvin-Smith If you’ve made the smart decision to take control of your horses’ health and manage their worm control program based on actual evidence rather than blind administration of treatments, then you are probably aware that mail in laboratory options like Horsemen’s Laboratory are available. You may use your regular vet, or a… Read more »

Optimal Equine Performance Starts With Good Health

Nikki Alvin-Smith You don’t reach the upper echelons of any sport without a lot of focus and hard work. There is also an element of luck involved too. To improve your chances of attaining the maximum potential in your horse’s performances you sometimes have to look at the stuff that you cannot easily see. The… Read more »

Answers to Questions You Didn’t Know You Needed To Ask About Internal Equine Parasites

By Nikki Alvin-Smith John Byrd D.V.M. of Horsemen’s Laboratory is on call to answer questions you didn’t know you needed to ask about internal equine parasites. With over 75,000 equine fecal worm egg count samples processed at his laboratory from horses across the U.S.A. and Canada, and a practicing veterinarian with a background in top… Read more »

Use Equine Fecal Egg Count to Improve Your Horses Worm Control Program

By Nikki Alvin-Smith   Give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve already taken the positive step of collecting a manure sample from your horse and sending it in for a FECT (fecal egg count test). Your report will give you an indication of whether your horse has a negative egg worm count, or… Read more »

How To Avoid Tapeworm Troubles In Your Horse

By Nikki Alvin-Smith   Unfortunately, there is currently no simple tapeworm test for horses available in the U.S.A., and when tapeworms are present in your horse they can cause damage to your horse’s health. A test previously available, Equisal from a U.K. based company, was deemed too risky to use in the U.S.A. due to… Read more »

Horsemen’s Laboratory Clients That Make a Difference ~

By Nikki Alvin-Smith   Case Study: EAGALA Team Rene Stone and Her 29 Year Old Horse Tristan Help PTSD Sufferers   When Rene Stone was 30 she bought her first horse, the now 29 year-old Thoroughbred Tristan. While his body was broken, his spirit was bright and Rene Stone took a chance on him because… Read more »

Yikes! My Horse Has No Tail! Are Pinworms The Culprit?

By Nikki Alvin-Smith   This Summer I was aghast to discover one of my broodmares had rubbed her tail into a matted mess of hairs. She had been in her stall just a few hours, enjoying a respite from the heat of the sun. When I had brought her in from the pasture her tail… Read more »

Why Horse Worm Control Maximizes My Horses’ Health

Nikki Alvin-Smith   As an advanced equestrian competitor with a keen eye on the blue ribbon (or red, white and blue) and my quest to ensure all my horses and those of my students reach their full potential, I love to take control of as many aspects of their health care as possible. The constant… Read more »

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 »