Young horse owners and riders are being encouraged to learn about modern worming practice with the introduction of an educational achievement badge.

Young horse owners and riders are being encouraged to learn about modern worming practice with the introduction of an educational achievement badge.

The Worm Control Achievement Badge scheme has been created by Pfizer Animal Health and The Pony Club to promote responsible worm control and horse health.

Responsible Worming BadgePfizer vet Ben Lacey said: “Years ago it all seemed easy with the old-fashioned method of routine worming every 6-12 weeks, but 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.

“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 club has thousands of under-21 members across the UK and the organisation has already ordered 300 badges for its centres.

The Worm Control Achievement Badge syllabus covers:

  • the key worms affecting horses,
  • managing worm populations, and
  • sustainable worming practice.

Pony Club students also receive a “badge buddy” book to help them learn.

Judy Edwards, chief executive of The Pony Club, said she was pleased with Pfizer’s help with the syllabus and materials, adding that correct worming knowledge was essential for club members.

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