Thanks for following our hyperlink! Welcome to our Horse Trust-funded study conducted by scientists at Moredun Research Institute, Austin Davis Biologics Ltd and the University of Kentucky, which aims to develop a saliva-based diagnostic test for encysted small redworm.
Your participation is hugely appreciated and will benefit your horse, as well as increase the welfare of equines in general!
Encysted small redworms (cyathostomins) are considered the most harmful equine parasite and treatment of indiviuals with moderate to high burdens is paramount. As moxidectin is the only effective dewormer against the encysted worms, it is important to preserve its effectiveness and prevent resistance by only treating infected individuals. Targeted deworming using regular faecal egg counts (FECs) is the way forward to preserve drug effectiveness but since FECs cannot detect encysted worms, we are developing a unique test to identify worms of all stages in horses and ponies requiring treatment (for information on small redworms please see: link).
For this study, we require samples of horse droppings (every 3-4 months) and monthly saliva samples (collected using the user-friendly, safe kit already used for Equisal testing for tapeworm) and we will in turn provide you with FECs results for free.
If you would like to participate, please complete our short survey.
All responses will remain anonymous and are completely confidential. This study is voluntary and you are under no obligation to take part and may withdraw at any time.