Prepared for Winter?

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Jerrilee.
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It’s not unusual to feel apprehensive as the temperatures drop and the threat of snow and ice becomes reality. If you find yourself wondering the best plan of preparedness,  we found a great site with tips on protecting your horse during the deep freeze.  Ocean State Equine Associates put out this PDF of checkpoints titled:  Winterizing Your Horse .  From medical preparedness to dietary requirements these are tips from the experts on how to help your horse defray the harsh effect of bitter cold temperatures. During the depth of a winter blast it’s good to know you have done your best to prepare.

Do Your Own Wormer Test!

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Jerrilee.
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From the Mid-America Agricultural Research Lab:

Finally a do-it-yourself home test for equine intestinal worms. Further understanding of the types of worms and their appropriate dewormer can be found in our equi-works articles on dewormers.

 

 

1. Fecal samples can be stored for long periods if refrigerated (not frozen).
2. Sugar solution is prepared by adding 1 lb. of sugar into 12 fluid oz. (355 ml) of hot water; stir until all sugar is dissolved.
3. Slides can usually be placed in the refrigerator for several days prior to reading.
4. Identify parasites present: +(1-10 eggs/sample) ++(11-50 eggs/sample) +++(over 50 eggs/sample)
5. # of eggs found x 150 = # of eggs per pound feces
6. Materials needed: a. Sugar solution plus dispensing bottle, gun, or syringe
b. Tea strainer
c. 3 oz. and 5 oz. Dixie cups
d. Tongue depressors
e. Taper-bottom test tubes
f. Test tube rack
g. Standard microscope slides

 

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