Webinar to explore race to head off dewormer resistance in horses

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A group of ponies at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. The charity has gained a great deal of insight into managing worms and anthelmintic resistance.
A group of ponies at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. The charity has gained a great deal of insight into managing worms and anthelmintic resistance. © Mare and Foal Sanctuary

A webinar on managing equine parasites and anthelmintic resistance at the end of the month is being fronted by dewormer expert and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) president-elect, David Rendle.

Hosted by the Mare and Foal Sanctuary, “Defusing the Timebomb” will be an opportunity for vets, owners, yard managers, students and anyone else interested in equine health to learn more about this complex and important subject.

It will provide an in-depth look at the best ways to manage worms and anthelmintic resistance and offer a mixture of up-to-date science and practical tips that can be used by everyone from vets and yard managers to individual owners.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is at the forefront of finding new ways of tackling high worm burdens in horses and ponies. The team at the charity has gained a great deal of insight from managing their own yards and providing free, no-shame advice to both their own carers and the wider equine community.

Resistance to worming medication is becoming a significant problem for those involved in the care of horses and ponies.

As early as the 1980s, vets and equine professionals noticed that worms could become resistant to available medication. When this happens, the treatment stops working and the worm burden starts to increase causing health problems for the affected equine.

There are five main types of worms found in equines: small redworms, large redworms, tapeworms, roundworms and bots. All of these can seriously affect a horse’s health causing potentially fatal gastrointestinal issues such as colic, ulcers and blocked intestines. Without effective anthelmintics, the equine population is at serious risk of health problems and even early death.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is at the forefront of finding new ways of tackling high worm burdens in horses and ponies.
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is at the forefront of finding new ways of tackling high worm burdens in horses and ponies. © Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s Chief Executive, Sarah Jane Williamson, said there was much to learn about anthelmintics, and the charity was grateful to Rendle for taking part in the webinar.

“As one of the experts in the field of anthelmintics we are keen to learn from him. We are very proud of what we have achieved with our approach to anthelmintic resistance so far, but we know there is much more to learn about how we as an equine community can work together to keep our horses and ponies safe.”

» Register for Defusing the Timebomb on May 26 at 7.30pm (GMT). The webinar costs £5 (plus booking fees). All money raised will help the sanctuary continue to provide lifelong, life-changing loving care to horses and ponies in need.

 

Dr David Rendle

David Rendle works as an independent equine medicine and therapeutics consultant, and has lectured and published on a broad range of topics. He has a particular interest in gastrointestinal medicine and has campaigned for several years for action on anthelmintic resistance. Rendle, a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, is also deeply involved in recent work to support equines and their owners in Ukraine.

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