Miri Hackett and Joe Midgley Promote the Importance of Test-based Parasite Control

28 April 2023

Postal worm count specialists Westgate Labs are delighted to announce 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, Hackett Equine, commented:

“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.

I have used Westgate Labs for over six years now and the support from their dedicated team is one of the reasons I feel so reassured by their support, always on hand at the end of the phone to guide me and help to do the absolute best for my own horses and those in my care. I am so excited to become a brand ambassador for Westgate Labs and I can’t wait to help them spread the word on such an important topic!”

Joe Midgley, Joe Midgley Horsemanship, commented:

“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 demo’s, so are at higher risk in parasite control terms. Westgate lead the way in providing the very best support to horse owners around the country. So much more than just trustworthy tests, the friendly team at Westgate make it all so easy to follow and expert support is there when you need it.”

Westgate Labs Director Claire Shand commented:

“It’s fantastic to welcome Miri and Joe on board 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.

“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.”

About Westgate Labs

Westgate Labs has been leading the field in helping horse owners to manage the parasite control of their horses and other grazing animals since they originated the concept of the postal worm egg count service in 1999. The laboratory offers a quick, easy to use, great value postal worm count and testing service that enables carers and keepers to target the wormers given to horses and keep them as healthy as possible.

More information at www.westgatelabs.co.uk


Westgate Labs sit on the Core Steering Group for and are also Subgroup Leads within the pan industry working group, CANTER (Controlling ANTIparasitic resistance in Equines Responsibly). This is a new initiative that has been formed to unite the industry in addressing wormer resistance.

More information at: www.canterforhorses.org.uk


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