Small redworms are the most common worms found in horses, with the larval stages of this parasite giving the greatest cause for concern.
All horses should receive an effective treatment against encysted small redworms in late autumn or early winter to prevent small redworms larvae encysting.2
Be prepared to clear the challenge of encysted small redworms and “Time it Right” this autumn/winter.
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WHAT ARE ENCYSTED SMALL REDWORM?
Small redworm larvae can encyst within the horse’s gut wall throughout the year – especially in autumn and winter. Typically, sudden mass emergence of larvae will occur in spring, damaging the gut, which can cause diarrhoea and colic. This condition is known as larval cyathostominosis and has a mortality rate of up to 50%.
Hidden within the gut wall, encysted small redworm larvae can account for up to 90% of the redworm burden in a horse.
Control needs to be focused on all stages of the parasite’s lifecycle, with specific attention paid to the encysted larvae.
TESTING FOR ENCYSTED SMALL REDWORM
Although faecal worm egg counts (FWEC) are an excellent tool to monitor worm burdens during the spring through to autumn, they will not detect encysted small redworm. This is because the encysted larvae do not produce eggs.
Encysted small redworm is the most potentially harmful stage of the redworm parasite. Horses can harbour several million encysted larvae, yet show a negative or low (< 250 epg) FWEC.
WORMING TO CLEAR THE CHALLENGE OF ENCYSTED SMALL REDWORM
It is important you consider the seasonal worming challenges when formulating your worm control plan.
Every horse should be treated for encysted small redworm in late autumn or winter. Make sure you time it right!
SELECT THE RIGHT WORMER
Remember to select the most appropriate wormer for the parasites you are targeting. Currently, only two active ingredients specifically target encysted small redworm − ask your Vet or SQP how to treat encysted small redworm.
Use a weigh tape or weigh scales to determine the weight of your horse. Horses should be dosed accurately, according to their weight. This is important because under-dosing can increase the risk of resistance development.
YOU CAN NEVER BE SURE OF A NEW HORSE’S WORM BURDEN
If their history is unknown they should be quarantined, FWEC tested on arrival at the yard and treated for encysted small redworm and tapeworm. They should then be stabled for at least 48 hours to avoid bringing resistant worms onto your premises.
- All horses should receive a treatment effective against ESRW in late autumn or early winter to prevent small redworm larvae from encysting
- Treating with a wormer that does not specifically target ESRW during late autumn and winter can actually increase the risk of a horse developing larval cyathostominosis
- Due to high documented levels of resistance, it has been advised that a five-day course of fenbendazole should not be used for the treatment and control of ESRW unless a faecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) has demonstrated efficacy
- Single dose moxidectin has demonstrated high efficacy against ESRW and should be your treatment of choice for the prevention and treatment of ESRW
- A second moxidectin treatment may be warranted in late winter for yearlings if a FWEC identifies high egg shedding
|Comparison of the two licensed treatments against ESRW (cyathostomin) larvae|
|(moxidectin) (moxidectin & praziquantel)||Fenbendazole (FBZ)|
|Dose||Single dose||5-day course|
|Licensed against benzimidazole (BZ) resistant strains||Yes||Not recommended where BZ resistance is present|
|Effect of treatment on gut wall (mucosa)||Larvae killed in situ reducing inflammation of the gut wall||Killing of larvae can be associated with severe tissue damage that may mimic larval cyathostominosis|
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