Reducing Risk

Clear muck from the field on a regular basis, Reducing_risk_pic_1preferably daily but at least once a week. Muck from horses with a tapeworm burden remaining on the paddock will increase the potential for oribatid mites (the tapeworm intermediate host) to become infected and therefore will also increase the risk of horses becoming reinfected after deworming.





Reducing_risk_pic_2aRestrict grazing while away from home, such as at pony club or grazing at show grounds. You won’t know the levels of tapeworm-infected oribatid mites present. For more information on the involvement of oribatid mites in the tapeworm life cycle, click here.






Ensure that dewormers are not under-dosed which would result in persistent burdens.












Reducing_risk_pic_4Test for tapeworm and only treat those horses that are diagnosed with a burden. Retest within 2-3 months to ensure deworming has been effective.





New horses to your paddock should be dewormed with moxidectin/praziquantel combination dewormer where appropriate, and placed on quarantine for 3 days before they have access to grazing.


Quarantine procedure

Allow 3 days after deworming before allowing new horses access to grazing areas

Collect samples to determine redworm/roundworm and tapeworm infection levels before deworming

Administer moxidectin/praziquantel dewormer after estimating weight with a weightape or weighbridge

Future plan: monitor the whole herd with regular FEC and saliva testing to determine if the quarantine period was effective and treat as necessary. If a new arrival has a worm burden then retesting should be carried out 2 weeks after deworming for redworm/roundworm (FECs) or after 2-3 months using the saliva test for tapeworm to determine if the deworming was effective.