Strongyle parasites are ubiquitous in grazing horses and constitute a potential threat to equine health. Feces were collected from six horses four times daily over a period of 5 days. Fecal egg counts (FECs) were performed to identify any diurnal rhythms in strongyle egg shedding and to quantify variability at the different levels: individual horses, repeated counts, repeated subsamples, different time points, and different days. No significant differences in FECs were found between the different time points (P = .11). The variables-horse, day, subsample, and egg count-accounted for a variance of 104.83, 0.10, 7.24, and 5.61, respectively. The apparent lack of additional variability between the four different time points suggests that time of the day chosen for collecting fecal samples does not constitute a source of error in field studies. The majority of variability exists between different subsamples and repeated egg counts on the same subsamples, whereas the variability of FECs between following days can be considered negligible. The findings of this study have implication for designing and performing field surveillance of strongyle FEC levels and applying the FEC reduction test for evaluating anthelmintic efficacy.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Equine Veterinary Science|
|State||Published - Mar 2013|
- Fecal egg count
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