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Horse Owners

We would love you to get involved to help slow wormer resistance in your own horses and to support the wider equine community in combating this serious threat to horse health. Do this by assessing the parasite risk of your own horse’s health and become an advocate by talking about this with friends at the yard and online.

Factors Influencing a Horse’s Parasite Risk Profile

A broad range of risk factors influence your horse’s susceptibility to parasite infection. These can be easily remembered using the CANTER acronym: Clinical history, Age Profile, Number of horses, Test results, Environment to give an overall parasite Risk profile. View our short video below for more information:

The CANTER Parasite Risk Table

You can assess your horse’s parasite risk profile using our quick, easy to follow table. This will categorise them into LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH risk from parasite infection. Having an indication of your horse’s parasite risk profile will give you useful information to discuss with your prescriber and help you to develop an ongoing parasite control plan for the horses in your care. Remember that low risk does not mean no risk!

Click on the image below to view a bigger version and assess which column you would place your horse(s) in for each risk factor. Try to be realistic; there’s no blame in having a horse in a higher risk category. Being honest will help you to put measures in place to protect their health. These steps include testing more regularly and looking for ways to break the parasite lifecycle with management like increasing your poo picking. Ask your prescriber – your vet, pharmacist or SQP – for more information.

CANTER parasite risk profile table

Piggy March supports the CANTER launch

Piggy March Supports CANTER

“I am supporting the CANTER initiative which aims to reduce the threat worms pose to our horses. It is more important now than ever to ensure we are future proofing our equine population in the UK.

Go online and complete the risk checker to find out how at risk your horse is of getting parasites and to ensure we can all do our bit to keep our horses healthy.”

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We need to spread the word about the risk of parasite resistance so that all horse owners understand the risks and the simple steps we can all take to safeguard horse health both now and into the future. We will only do this is everyone takes up the mantle to reduce chemical exposure.