Over 90% of all small redworms found in your horse will be encysted larvae which means they will be buried in the lining of the horse’s intestine and will not be passed out in droppings. This means that they will not show up on an egg count so the level of infection can be difficult to assess, though there is now a diagnostic blood test available. Moxidectin (the active Ingredient in Equest) works in a unique way and is licensed to control all stages of encysted small redworm in a single dose. Equest also remains in the horses system for a further 2 weeks after treatment thereby reducing the horse’s risk of re-infection and pasture contamination. Equest also has a lower toxicity to dung dwelling insects than the ivermectin based wormers. This again reduces pasture contamination as these insects help clear the pastures of dung.
Wastage is also reduced due to the unique clear gel formula which melts in your horse’s mouth so reducing the risk of them spitting it out.
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Repeated use of the same type of wormer can lead to the development of resistance in parasites to treatment. Equine Health Direct strongly recommends including a Faecal Worm Egg count in customers worming programmes and rotating the type of wormer that they use. If you need any further advice regarding worming programmes please see our Worming advice page or contact us.
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