Tests crucial to keeping control of parasite threat
What tests can I use to identify parasites?
Monitoring of your horse's worm burden should be an integral part of your worm control plan.
There are two types of test readily available to horse owners to determine the worm burden in any horse – faecal worm egg counts (FWEC) and tapeworm antibody tests (TAT).
Faecal Worm Egg Count (FWEC)
Faecal worm egg counts give you an indication of adult parasites in your horse by measuring the number of worm eggs in a dung sample.
The test is readily available through your vet by supplying a fresh dung sample that can be analysed in a laboratory.
This test can detect the presence of egg-laying adult stages of small and large redworm, as well as large roundworm. FWECs are normally reported as eggs per gram (epg).
However the test will not measure your horse's total parasite burden as it cannot detect tapeworm or the presence of larval stages such as encysted small redworm larvae.