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Survey Shows More than 40% of Horses at Moderate to High Risk of Parasite Infection

CANTER Parasite risk profile results

Many thanks to everyone who has completed the CANTER Risk Profile for their horses over the last couple of months. We hope you found it a useful exercise to consider the broad range of factors that influence a horse’s relative susceptibility to parasite infection and disease and that this has helped to inform your management and testing regime for them.

Different influences include: Clinical history, Age Profile, Number of horses, Test results, Environment to give an overall parasite Risk profile that can be easily remembered using the CANTER acronym.

CANTER parasite risk profile table

150 people took the challenge to estimate the parasite risk profile of their horses using the CANTER factors. Where people had more than one horse, we asked them to use the profile for the highest risk individual in their care. The distribution is is as follows:

  • 59.3% Low Risk
  • 31.3% Medium Risk
  • 9.3% High Risk

Over 40% of horses sampled were classed by owners at moderate to high risk of parasite infection. This serves to highlight both the importance of good worm control in equines and also the threat that wormer resistance poses to the horses in our care. The more steps we can take to reduce our reliance on chemicals and preserve their efficacy for as long as possible, the better to buy ourselves time.

Congratulations to the winner of our prize draw, Georgina Walshe, who bags £100 of Love 2 Shop vouchers!

If you haven’t yet taken the CANTER Risk Profile challenge for your horses, find out more here.