Reducing Risk

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 to become infected and therefore will also increase the risk of horses becoming reinfected after worming.





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 wormers are not under-dosed which wouldReducing_risk_pic_3a 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 worming has been effective.






New horses to your paddock should always be tested, and wormed where appropriate, before they have access to grazing.