Yard & Horse Jobs To Do in September

As the Blackberries are out and the leaves start to Fall, its time to make sure you, your yard and your horse are ready for winter! So here is our checklist of September Horse Jobs! Scrub Your Stables! If you haven’t already done so in the summer now is a great time to thoroughly scrub and disinfect your stables and clean them.  It will not only make them look lovely but will help to prevent pinworm and ringworm too. (Even […]

Bot Flies, Bot Eggs, Bot Larvae, You and Your Horse! – Everything you need to know to avoid infestation!

Let’s talk BOTS!   The bee-like bot fly that winds your horse up in the summer months…  The annoying sticky nit eggs on your horses and legs!  The sores and symptoms that your horse has become a host for the Bot! And what to do if you have found something odd in your horse’s poo and think it could be the larvae of the bot fly! Bots are GROSS!  but what can you do to prevent your horse becoming a host […]

What You Need to Know About Poop Picking Your Horses Field

Poop picking your horse’s field! Some of us love it and some of us hate it.  We only have limited time, so should we just leave it and harrow later so we can get on with riding or should you be poo picking? Reasons Why You Should Remove Droppings From Your Paddock 1 – It’s unsightly! 2 – It can kill off the grass! 3 – It attracts flies 4 – It helps to break the life cycle of worms  […]

How often and when should you do your Worm Count (Faecal Egg Test) For Your Horse?

Many people ask how often they should be doing worm counts for their horses? With a worm count programme in place, we can understand more about the parasites affecting your horse and also treat effectively. Testing dropping samples for worm eggs, may seem a strange thing to do but it matters, because if we continue to use wormers to blanket worm our equine species we will have resistance, to every single worming chemical group that is available on the market […]

Worming the Mare & Foal. What you need to know.

What should you do about worming pregnant mares or a mare and foal? Worming mares and foals is important but also needs to be done carefully. This post will help you discover what you need to do for your mare and foal. Should you worm as normal or not? I get asked this question a lot, so let me help you to make sure your mare and foal are not harmed by worms or wormers! The quick answer is: Pregnant […]

Is Your Horse Just Itchy? Or Could It Be Pinworm?

While rubbing their bottoms and tails on fences, gates, doors, trees, walls etc. is normal behaviour for a horse. If you find your horse rubs a lot the cause may be more sinister than just needing to itch! It could be pinworm. This post will help you to set your mind at ease. Help you discover if your horse has pinworm. And talk you through how to treat pinworm. So your horse no longer has a tail it looks like a […]

Why you need to worm a horse in winter and which wormer you need to give now!

When it comes to worming your horse it can feel literally like a can of worms.   And while we advise never to just reach for the wormer as the season changes. You may have heard you need to worm your horse in winter, but don’t give just any wormer!   Read on to discover why winter is the one time you must give your horse a wormer, even if you regularly do worm count tests and you horse has a low […]

How to test your horse for worms, with a worm count kit from EFECS?

People often worry about testing their horse for worms for many reasons.  So if you are worried that testing will be more expensive in the long run, you don’t have time, you don’t fancy digging around droppings and other common myths. Let us take a minute to show you just how to do a test quickly and easily. If  you want to know why worm counts matter for horses click here to read all about the reasons for worm count […]

Why you should routinely test your horse for worms and never just reach for the wormer!

So you want to be the best owner your pony could possibly have, right?  And that means making sure your horse is as healthy and happy as possible.   So why should you test your horse for worms? Routine worming used to be part of the basic care of horses, at certain seasons you would just give your horse a specific wormer, but this is not the recommended advice anymore. A major worm burden can be life-threatening to your horse.  The damage […]

Get to know Clare, the founder of EFECS

Having worked as a qualified SQP (Animal Health advisor) for Equines and companion animals for over 10 years, I found that friends were coming to me more and more for advice regarding worming and more specifically the use of worm counts – the when, why and how-to questions being asked all the time. As a lifelong horse owner, rider & competitor with a passion and background in working with horses, then as a sales representative for an Equine Supplement company […]