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Parasite Newsletter (originally published 2013)


Protect Your Horse From Parasites

Gina G. Tranquillo, VMD, CESMT

It’s time to re‐think your plan about protecting your horses against parasitism. Internal parasites can cause extensive internal damage even if the horse looks healthy on the outside. It’s important to be in tune with your horse’s health care program and work together with your veterinarian to achieve a deworming strategy. Some interesting points to consider when contemplating a deworming strategy for your herd are:

 20% of the horses shed 80% of the parasite load – Those in your herd that are “high fecal egg shedders” will need more frequent deworming than those that are “low fecal egg shedders.”

 If horses are susceptible to diseases that compromise the immune system, preventative health, including deworming strategy is very important.

 A good deworming strategy goes hand in hand with excellent manure management and pasture management.

 Anthelmintic resistance is becoming more and more of an issue; therefore, having a deworming program that targets your horse’s needs is important.

Clinical signs of possible parasitism –

 Dull haircoat

 Unthrifty appearance or poor body condition

 Diarrhea

 Colic

 Poor growth rates in young horses

 Weight loss

 Anemia

 Lethargy

 Potbellied appearance

Parasite Refugia

“Refugia” is a term that can be confusing and it’s okay to say you have never heard the word before. In general, refugia refers to any portion of a population that is not exposed to a selection pressure for genetic change. The parasites in refugia would be those stages of the life cycle that are not exposed to a drug at the time of treatment, such as parasitic stages in the environment, or encysted strongyle stages. Greater refugia means a greater reservoir of susceptible genes and less resistance in the gene pool. When a large parasite population is exposed to deworming medications repeatedly, the selection pressure for developing resistance is very high. Therefore, selective treatment approaches based on your horse’s needs attempt to accomplish a slower development of resistance.

Equine Population –

Consider the population of your herd. Horses less than 3 years old require special attention and are more susceptible to parasite infection. They are also more at risk for disease in general. Older horses or those that have underlying diseases that compromise the immune system should also be taken into consideration. Their parasite load may also be greater. Every farm and every horse are different. Work with your veterinarian to determine the need on your farm.

Fecal Egg Counts (FEC’s) –

These are helpful and their collection process is very important to determine an accurate result. Your veterinarian can guide you as to the collection process. Fecal egg counts are important and can serve a great purpose for several reasons –

 To evaluate the population of parasite in a certain horse or herd (ie., ascarids vs. strongyles).

 To categorize a given horse as a low, medium, or high shedder so their deworming program can be planned and implemented.  Horses with lower FEC’s require less frequent deworming (low shedder) Horses with higher FEC’s require more frequent deworming (high shedder)

 To determine treatment efficacy and if drug resistance is becoming a problem.

 To evaluate the interval between treatments. Knowing when “egg reappearance” occurs, can aid in timing of subsequent treatments. An important point regarding FEC’s is that, although they are helpful diagnostic tests, they do not accurately reflect total parasite burden in a given horse because larvae do not produce eggs and they may be present in high numbers. In addition, tapeworm and pinworm egg shedding is often missed or misrepresented by typical fecal techniques. Manure Management and Pasture Management Strategies – Since parasites are transferred from horse to horse via manure, a good management plan is alsoessential.

 Keep the number of horses per acre to a minimum. This will prevent overgrazing and pasture contamination.

 Dispose of manure at least twice a week from pasture.

 Do not spread manure over fields where horses graze.

 If composting, pile manure away from the pasture and avoid any run off contamination from heavy rain. It is necessary for an internal temperature of the compost pile to be over 40 degrees Celsius for a minimum of two weeks.

 Mow and harrow pastures periodically.

 Cold climate simply slows the rate of development in larvae. Extreme heat and dryness is hard for larvae to tolerate. Consider resting pastures during hot weather to reduce parasite burden but not eradicate. With this in mind, concentrate deworming treatments when climate conditions favor parasite transmission.

 Group horses by age. Keep foals and weanlings away from yearlings and older horses to reduce exposure to Ascarids (roundworms) and other parasites.

Goals of Parasite Control ‐

 To have horses remain healthy, have no development of clinical illness, and limited parasite infections.

 The goal is NOT to eradicate every parasite in every horse or “sterilize.” If we did this, resistance would be inevitable. To allow some degree of “safe exposure” to parasites in young horses so that their naive immune system can strengthen naturally.

 To control parasite egg shedding.

 To use efficacious drugs on your farm and avoid drug resistance. As mentioned earlier, every farm and every horse are different, so it is important to work with your veterinarian to determine the needs for your farm and herd.

This newsletter was created using the AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines.

Compliments of MET Corporate Sponsor Hagyard Equine Medical Institute The talent of Hagyard’s veterinarians and dedication of its staff provide to client and patients alike a level of care unequaled anywhere in the equine industry.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

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Lexington, Kentucky 40511-8412


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Annual Work Day – Sunday, August 16, from 2-5 p.m.

15-192 MET Workday Flyer (Large)Come join us on Sunday, August 16, from 2-5 p.m. at Masterson Station Park’s Equestrian Facility for the Masterson Equestrian Trust ANNUAL WORK DAY.

We have plenty to do, so bring a friend.

Snacks and drinks provided; free drawing for volunteer thank-you gifts!

Meet in the parking lot by the Hunter Ring at 2 p.m.

In case of rain, check the MET Facebook page for updates.

Got questions? Contact Karen at

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Come Out for the MET Jump Around!

(May 19, 2015) On Wednesday evening, June 17th, MET will host an opportunity for riders to “Jump Around” a course of show jumping fences in the hunter ring. “Jump Around” starts at 4PM with the Starter Division, 2′-2’3″ fences; at 5PM the Beginner Novice Division begins, 2’3″-2’6″ fences; at 6PM the Novice Division begins, 3’9-3′ fences, and at 7PM the Training Division begins, 3’3″ or higher on request. Each trip in a division costs $10. You can also create your own Combined Test by riding a dressage test at Summerbird Nights and then ride the corresponding level at “Jump Around.” Join us for a fun time! (NOTE: Hunter Ring will be closed prior to “Jump Around”)

Registration form 2015

Don’t miss The Pace for the Roses

2015 Hunter Pace-1(April 22, 2014)  UKDET Spring Hunter Pace will be held Saturday May 2 at MSP!
Course opens at 9 am – Closes at 3 pm – start when convenient for you

Three divisions available – Hunt, Pleasure and Junior
All fences optional.

Enjoy a fun day at Masterson Station Park!

Click here for more information and registration form.

MET Cross Country Schooling Day – Sunday April 12, 2015

(April 8, 2015) A final inspection of the footing will be made on Saturday, April 11 – please visit our FB page or call Karen at 859-321-5232 after 5 pm on Saturday for cancellation announcement.

OPEN TO ALL RIDERS.   Course opens at 10 am – last ride out at 3 pm.

There will be plenty of awesome schooling opportunities! Along with Masterson’s permanent X-country fences, the portable jumps from Spring Bay will be available to school. Additional standards and rails will be available at complexes.


Information and Important safety requirements:

  • Fee: $35.00 per horse.
  • ASTM approved helmets must be worn when schooling.
  • Participating riders must wear a body-protecting vest meeting current USEA rules or higher standard.
  • USEA approved medical armband must be worn while jumping.
  • No schooling alone, riders should be supervised by appropriate coaches, trainers or instructors.

Medic will be on the grounds.

Sign up will be at the Hunter Ring parking lot by the MET building. All proceeds go to the Park!

2015 Masterson Equestrian Trust Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show

Click here to download and print show bill, additional information, and class fees.

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Water in the Winter

equine-horse-supplements-kentucky-performance-products-winter-water-LR-e1389191926229[1](February 20, 2015) Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden.

Dehydration can be as much of a problem in the winter as it is in the summer. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and colder drinking water temperatures decrease overall water consumption. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat, although it may not be as apparent because sweat evaporates quicker in the dry winter air. Many riders cut back or stop using electrolytes when the cold weather sets in, so their horse’s thirst response is not stimulated as much. Inadequate water intake can lead to impaction colic or worse.

There are 3 easy ways to ensure your horse is getting enough water in the winter.

First, provide moist feed when possible. Soak hay in room temperature water (as long as your hay doesn’t turn into haycicles before it is consumed). Add warm water and a couple of chopped carrots/apples to your horse’s regular grain meal, or introduce a super fiber such as beet pulp and soak it in warm water before feeding. Resist the temptation to feed the occasional wheat bran mash as it causes more harm than good.

Second, don’t allow your horse’s drinking water to get too cold. Research has shown that horses drink less when the water temperatures drop below 45°F. The ideal temperature for drinking water is between 45°F and 65°F. In one study, ponies offered hot water (close to 90°F) drank 40% more water than those offered cooler water. While most horses do fine with room temperature water, it might be worthwhile to offer warmer water to horses that are older, are drinking less than normal amounts, or those with a history of impaction.

Third, be sure your horse is consuming adequate levels of salt. Salt stimulates the thirst response and helps keep horses drinking. At rest, a horse should be eating about 2 oz of salt per day. In most cases this requirement can be met by providing free-choice access to a plain white salt block. If your horse continues to work during the winter, supplement with a well-balanced electrolyte.


Article written by KPP staff.

Copyright (C) 2014 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved.

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New Mounting Block by Hunter Ring

(January 21, 2015) Thanks to Dale Dinsmore for his generous donation of a custom-made mounting block for the Hunter Ring! It’s nice and tall and very sturdy and will make getting on board much easier. Thanks Dale!

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