Horsemen's Laboratory
Horsemen's Laboratory
Worm Control News
January, 2010
In This Issue
Worm of the Month
New Study Shows Collection, Storage Methods Can Affect Egg Counts
H-Lab Profile
Worm of the Month
In this section, we'll feature an equine parasite each month, with information on the parasite's life cycle and the health consequences for horses.
This month:

Ascarids, or roundworms, are typically only a problem for foals and young horses, since equids generally develop a form of immunity around the age of two. However, they're still a significant health hazard and care must be taken in their control to avoid an infestation that could prove deadly.


 Becky Byrd on computer


If you'd like to learn more, we recommend The Horse as a source of in-depth equine health and welfare articles and news. Access to their archives requires a free account. Here's their website:


Welcome to our January issue of Worm Control News, from Horsemen's Laboratory.

You might be wondering what happened to December's issue. Based on feedback from customers, we're going to be sending it out earlier each month, so with that plus the December holidays we decided to hold off until after January 1. But, you haven't missed a thing!

If the news and information about equine parasites, deworming, and horse health is proving helpful to you, let us know - send us an email to

We wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

John W. Byrd, DVM
Horsemen's Laboratory

John Byrd, DVM, of Horsemen's Laboratory
New Study Shows Collection, Storage Methods Can Affect Egg Counts

Misconceptions exist about how to use fecal egg count (FEC) testing. At Horsemen's Laboratory, helping horse owners understand the most effective way to use FECs is part of our mission; as such, we're constantly on the lookout for new information and research we can share with our customers.
Now that fecal egg counts are being recommended globally by equine parasitologists as a way to prevent parasite resistance (resistance of parasites to deworming medications) in your horse population, identifying optimum methodologies is likely to become a hot research area. One such study, which looked at how horse manure storage conditions affected the FECs, was recently conducted in Denmark and in the U.S.

H-Lab Profile

In this section of Worm Control News we'll introduce you to the people at H-Lab, explain what we do behind the scenes, and highlight actual customers and their worm control strategies.

This month:
Becky Byrd

The office manager at Horsemen's Laboratory is a vivacious and friendly blonde by the name of Mrs. Becky Byrd. Yes, she's 'that' Byrd, Dr. John Byrd's college sweetheart and beloved wife of 44 years.

Mother of two sons, Becky's also 'grandma' to nine youngsters. "Our oldest son has four children and our youngest has two, so we have six official grandkids, but we also claim three others," she laughs.



We hope you've enjoyed reading this issue of Worm Control News. Please help us spread the word about the very real problem of equine parasite resistance by sharing this e-newsletter with other horse owners you know.

Here at Horsemen's Laboratory, we support horse owners who want to have healthier, happier horses, and manage their barns, pastures, and paddocks appropriately. If you have comments or suggestions, please pass them along. Our email address is, or call our toll-free lab phone at 800-544-0599.

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We just wanted to say thank you...
Horsemen's Lab has been offering fecal egg counts by mail, and helping horse owners with their equine worm control programs, for 19 years. This past year, 2009, was one of our best yet!

It's all due to our customers, caring horse owners who want to minimize the amount of dewormer they use with their horses plus help their horses feel and perform their best.

Thanks also to everyone who took advantage of our 'Buy 6, Get 1 Free' promotion - look for other promotions and specials in this space throughout the year!

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