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TBA funds Chartreux killer worm research

THE disease that killed 23 horses at the Haras des Chartreux in Normandy is being investigated in a research programme fundedjointly by the TBA and Levy Board.

The stud, run by Alain Brandebourger, has been severly affected by a disease known as larval cyathostominosis, which stems from hidden worm larvae developing in the intestines of horses. The problem can occur when thoroughbreds build up a resistance to wormers.

Its effects are severe and include significant weight loss caused by inflammation of the colon, diarrhoea, and swelling of the legs and abdomen.

The TBA's chief executive Louise Kemble said: "The TBA is well aware of the dangers associated with increasing levels of resistance to existing wormers within this group of parasites.

"We are committed to funding research that leadsto practical benefits for breeders, and we consider this work to be vital to the ongoing health and well being of the British thoroughbred."

Kemble added that Professor Jacqui Mathews of the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh is currently developing a diagnostic test that will enable the detection of encysted (and therefore hidden) cyathostomin larvae.

She said this would help create balanced worm control programmes and help prevent horses from building up resistance to wormers, a serious problem for the industry.

One of the stallions at Chartreux is the Peter Harris-owned and bred Leporello. Bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud, representing Harris, said: "Mr Harris arranged for someone to look at the horse and he was fine. But at the end of the breeding season we will review the situation and take a decision then."

 

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