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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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2 horses at my barn have strangles!

I just found out 2 horses in the basement stalls have strangles!! I know its contagious..how contagious.. my gelding is upstairs..seperate turnouts they never touch noses. The only area shared is downstairs grazing and the arenas..I was going to ride this week but that might not happen now...
My gelding was vaccinated in April and strangles was one of them...is he still protected? I know there is some debate about the strangles vaccine..
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-19-2011, 04:08 PM
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It is highly contagious. If the person cleaning the water buckets doesn't change cleaning utensils after every bucket, the next horse can get it from his bucket being wiped out with that rag.

The Strangles vaccine does not prevent strangles, only lessens the severity.

Is there one vet for the entire barn or are you allowed to have your own vet? If you have a different vet, I would waste no time calling him today and if you don't get a return call, camping at his door step first thing Monday morning and asking for some guidance.

For now the word is sterile, sterile, sterile. Keep everything so clean that you could eat from it. If grain is scooped from the same bin for everyone, I would consider not only buying my own bag of feed, but buying a new container to scoop it with.

Strangles can spread like wildfire thru a barn. The vet really should quarantine your barn as far I am concerned, but I am probably over-cautious.

On a more positive note, I went on a three day trail years ago and my horse ended up coming home with strangles because some idiot guy was too lazy to bucket his water and let his horse drink from the communal tub! My horse was 27 yrs at the time, got a really bad case but came thru it ok. I was on pasture board, so he had to stay on 40 acres with my other two horses. They never came down with even a hint of Strangles.

Still-in-all, keep even your brushes separate from everyone's and be as clean around your horse as you can:)
Good luck in keeping your horse healthy.

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-19-2011, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thankfully. My gelding is upstairs, it is a self care facility. I clean my own buckets stall and everyone's is on their own feed. Two seperate tack rooms so the sick horses stuff is far away from mine. I scoop my feed into am and pm buckets, my buckets, the stable hand just dumps my feed in his feed bin.
Horses are let in one at a time and they go right to their stalls so nobody will be handling him with a communal rope.
My vet also does about 80% of the horses I think one or two people have their own horses. Its a 30stall private place with 3 barns. The seperate barn(where my gelding is) then the upstairs and downstairs brick barn. Horses upstairs get turned out upstairs. Downstairs have downstairs turnouts. I'm more infuriated my BO didn't call to inform me. They apparently started showing signs 4 days ago..I'm beyond upset with him. I'll call my vet tomorrow morning as well as go out and sanitize everything. I have been using Listerine to clean buckets..should I up it to Lysol and maybe clean everything of his in Lysol then rinse really well?
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It sounds as if you already have more than half the battle won. I think I'd be on the livid side too, if the B.O. Didn't bother to tell folks.

I would use clorox before Lysol.

Clorox is not dangerous, in spite of what some folks think, as long as everything is rinsed out thoroughly. A bit of clorox residual is a lot safer than Lysol would be

Anyone that is on city water drinks water with clorination in it. We used to dump a gallon of clorox down the well after the spring rains. Mom would then do a week's worth of laundry (she had already drawn enough drinking water for the weekend), and by the time she was done doing laundry, the well would be safe to drink from.

If your hands are sensitive to clorox, wear rubber gloves whenever you scrub anything and for sure wear clothes you don't care about because any clorox that spatters on your clothes will end up as little white dots where it bleached the color out
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When a friend's large lesson and boarding barn got strangles a few years back, they quarantined the entire barn.

They also put pans or trays of 10% bleach solution at the entrance; you were supposed to walk through them going in and going out. Someone walking through the infected barn to the non infected barn can carry it on their shoes or boots. So some very strict protocol regarding cross contamination should be observed.

Agree with the poster above, bleach is more effective than Lysol.

I, too, would, be seriously ticked off at the not terribly responsible BO or BM who didn't notify everyone immediately.

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I'm beyond angry. He always calls me when he sees my car coming down the driveway to crab at me to ride one of his sale horses. I haven't gone out lately though so I haven't talked to him. Ill be disenfecting everything with Clorox tomorrow. My vet is the vet who's treating the two horses so I'll call her and the board owner in the morning. I know I wont be touching any horse but my own. I had my boyfriend check when he was out today. No lumps under his throat so fingers crossed he stays healthy.
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I talked to the owner of one of the sick horsesml. She said the vet thinks her horse got it at the very end of the outbreak and couldn't fight it off him being only 4. Vet strongly thinks its at the tail end of the outbreak and the rest of the horses should be okay..I'm still watching very closely..about 3 weeks ago I went on a trail ride with the 4year old...our horses were trailered together in a stock trailer. Touching noses is for sure.... especially since my pig inhaled his hay from his hay bag then proceeded to try and empty the other one -_- nickname Chunk for a reason.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-21-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Talked to the vet. She thinks my gelding will be okay since he is 10 and had the vaccine and he's upstairs.
Can I vent? Just found out last night at a BBQ that was only the upstairs boarders...one person with n inflected horse is feeding their horse in the indoor arena! I'm furious! There are 2 entrances to the indoor arena. One through a downstairs barn with sick horses and another that leads outside. I went in the outside door and when we were walking to shut the other door so I could let my gelding roll around. He saw oats on the ground and went for them. I didn't let him because oats aren't apart of his diet plan and I don't know who's oats they are. Turns out they are of an infected horse! So mad. The other horse with a conformed case is in a stall far away from everyone with tarps covering the bars and they have signs up and bleach everything everyday. THAT is a responsible owner. Why can't there be more of them??
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