The Pony Club has introduced a new worm control achievement badge, to encourage horse owners to learn about this vital aspect of equine care from a young age.
To receive the badge, members must demonstrate an understanding of the main worms affecting horses, and how to manage them. To help with their learning, an accompanying ‘badge buddy’ book is available.
The syllabus was designed in conjunction with veterinary advisors at Pfizer Animal Health. According to Pfizer vet Ben Lacey, modern worming is a far cry from the “old-fashioned method of routine worming every 6 to 12 weeks”.
“As scientific knowledge evolves and the threat of wormer resistance increases, the experts now advocate using a more targeted approach to tackle a specific worm burden at a given point,” he said. “Every horse responds differently to worm threats and we also keep our horses in different circumstances on busy DIY yards, on farms, at livery or at home. All these things need to be understood when planning the best method of worm control.”
The new badge is already proving popular with Pony Club members and 300 have been ordered by branches and centres around the UK.
“Welfare is at the heart of the Pony Club’s objectives, so correct worming knowledge is essential for our members,” said Pony Club chief executive Judy Edwards.