Understanding your Horse and Equine Tapeworm

Understanding your Horse and Equine Tapeworm

Of all the parasites which affect a horse, gastrointestinal worms are among the most common. Such worms come in many different forms, each of which acts in different ways and produces subtly different symptoms. Tapeworms are especially widespread and dangerous, and so it’s vital that horse owners and breeders take steps to control their numbers. In this article, let’s consider exactly how this might be achieved. Read more

Worms in Depth Series: Tapeworm

Worms in Depth Series: Tapeworm

What is a Tapeworm?

Tapeworms are an internal parasite that can affect horses. They have a flattened, segmented body which may grow many centimeters in length. There are 3 species of tapeworm that can affect horses in the UK:

 A. perfoliata

 A. magna

 P. mamillana

A. perfoliata is the most common species of tapeworm in the UK. The head of A. perfoliata is equipped with four suckers with which the parasite can secure itself to the gut of its host. Nutrients are then absorbed from the host to the parasite. Read more