Postal worm count specialists Westgate Labs has announced the signing of two long-standing customers as ambassadors to help promote the benefits of targeted parasite control for horse health and the environment.
Miri Hackett and Joe Midgley, both highly respected equestrians in their field, also share a devotion to the horse’s overall wellbeing as part of their ethos. They recognise the threat to horse health that wormer resistance poses and have taken up the mantle to promote testing before treating.
Miri Hackett of Hackett Equine said: “Everything I do is for the good of the horses, so when it comes to something as important as parasite control and limiting the potential damage to the horses with over worming, I jumped at the chance to work with Westgate Labs.
“The education around this topic is so vital for the health and wellbeing of our horses, an area of horse care that I feel is often overlooked.”
Ms Hackett said that she has used Westgate Labs for over six years now and the support from its dedicated team is one of the reasons she feels so reassured by their support.
Joe Midgley of Joe Midgley Horsemanship added: “I have been using Westgate Labs for several years, so I’m thrilled to now be part of the team.
“Parasite control and the threat of wormer resistance is something that is so important to consider with our horses, especially when they travel away from home to clinics and demos, so are at higher risk in parasite control terms.
“Westgate leads the way in providing the very best support to horse owners around the country.”
Westgate Labs director Claire Shand welcomed Miri and Joe to the Westgate team to help spread the message about targeted worm control.
“We love the horse first approach of both their teaching methods and are excited to have two such influential voices joining the drive to promote test-based parasite control,” Ms Shand said.
“Too many horse owners still reach for a wormer without knowing whether it’s needed or not. This approach is fast-tracking our issues with resistance and will unwittingly lead us to untold heartaches.
“Working with ambassadors like Miri and Joe champions best practice and gives role models to horse owners, helping to change behaviour and protect our horses now and into the future.”