Bad Bug Basics

We welcome you to the first of 12 monthly articles on parasite-related topics. The Horse enlisted three recognized experts in equine parasitology. Let’s start by taking a look at how parasites differ from other infectious organisms that damage horses, and go on to explore the historical perspective on equine parasite control—where we’ve come from, and how far we’ve yet to go.

Horses differ in ability to handle parasite infestation; in general, a few horses will have high fecal egg counts (FEC), a few will have low or zero FEC, and the majority will be grouped around the average.

One thing is certain—it’s time for a major re-evaluation of parasite control routines. Stay tuned as we take the series in-depth over the next 11 issues and explore the best options for our horses’ health.