Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
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.
Last edited by walkinthewalk; 06-19-2011 at 05:11 PM.