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keepIng up WITh The STrongyleS

The InTernATIonAl TeAM ChAMpIonShIp CoMpeTITIon

this year's international team Championship takes place over the last weekend of september (september 25 to 27) - do come along to support the teams.

The Farrier Focus will be taking place over the weekend too, with lecturers and demonstrators organised.

◗ paul Conroy will explain his calculation for shoemaking for distorted feet ◗ Mark Aikens BSc hons will present his dissertation and research on the effectiveness of heel wedges

◗ Simon gotthold Bodner of Bodner Tools Manufacturing will give a lecture and demonstration on tool maintenance and preparation for shoe making and shoeing.

◗ Jonathon nunn will demonstrate forging tools including his famous hammers.

◗ Farrier Dave henry and Tony lindsell from Atlantic equine will present ‘Soundhorse’, a demonstration of the use of modern materials. Dave will show how to successfully glue a range of shoes on to the hoof capsule.

◗ kathy kissick will give a presentation on the Train the Trainer coaching award that will have to be undertaken by all current ATF’s by 2020 and all new ATF’s wanting to gain ATF status.

open team entries for the International Team Competition have been received from the uSA, Canada, the British Army, england, Sweden, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, germany, Italy, Switzerland and norway.

Apprentice Team entries have been received from: england, Wales, Scotland, France, uSA, Ireland and the British Army

The Chief Steward will be Mark Watson AWCF while Jim Balfour AWCF is Chairman of the Farriers Craft Committee. All contact from the teams should be through the office and not direct to Mark or Jim.

on the social side, there will be a BBQ on the Saturday evening, when the BFBA Competition league Awards will be presented. And Sunday evening's International Awards Dinner will be held at The Chesford grange hotel - tickets cost £40 and they are available from the office.

Mustad is sponsoring the nails and Cottams the steel. Trade space has been reserved by Mustad, Myerscough College, the Worshipful Company of Farriers, life Data, handmade Tools and londonderry Forge Supplies. Trade stands should be booked through the office 024 7669 6595 - Amanda will be happy to help.

The worming experts at zoetis say that the most effective methods for controlling worms in horses continues to evolve as new research is carried out. The company says that although faecal worm egg counts and selected treatment continue to be best practice during the summer, new information about large strongyles (also known as large redworms) is emerging.

large strongyles are found in the large intestine, are dark red in colour and can grow up to 5 cm long. The developing larval stages can block blood vessels to the gut and cause colic, which can be fatal. The company notes that it has been widely accepted that the use of modern wormers has reduced the large strongyle population so that they are no longer as prevalent; however, it reveals that recent data from Denmark now suggest that burdens of large strongyles may re-appear in horses that have not received any wormer for a number of years.

Danish prescription laws only allow administration of a wormer based on a proven diagnosis of a significant burden. They do not allow routine or preventative treatment of worms, thus in extreme cases some horses have not received a wormer for many years. While it is important not to overuse wormers to prevent resistance, zoetis reports that a complete lack of any administration may allow large strongyles to gain a footing once more, noting that a fine balance needs to be maintained.

In the uk, current general guidelines for worm control in adult horses involve treating strategically for encysted small redworm in late autumn/early winter, and treating or testing for tapeworm in autumn and spring. Then when the weather warms up, and worms become more active, owners should conduct faecal word egg counts every six to eight weeks until october to identify any horse requiring additional treatments for small redworm. In view of the new information, it says, if there is any history of a large strongyle burden or a record of associated colic, your vet may advise a specific, once or twice-yearly treatment for these parasites.

zoetis vet, Wendy Talbot, said: ‘Selected worming, based on faecal worm egg counts, remains key during the summer. Control of large redworm should be achieved with one or two treatments each year, effective against the dangerous migrating stages of this parasite. For many horses their current worming plan will already incidentally have provided these treatments during control of the more common small redworm, however, for some an additional treatment may be required. As always the best approach is to speak to your prescriber to assess the risk to your individual horse and the suitability of your worming plan.’

Further information is available by visiting or by downloading the horse health management app, Stable Mate. It is available from the iphone app store and google play Store: text Stable Mate to 80800 to download.

22 Forge | August 2015

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