ARGGG, A friend of mine recently bought a horse, he wasnt quite right when he arrived on the livery yard where he is stabled but we put it down to a 2 day journey with little rest in a lorry that was too small for him. I went down and helped her unload, and sort out everything for him.
She took him to a vet hospital yesterday as he was not right still and vets tested and found that he had Strangles!
Phoned previous owner who denies any chance what so ever that he came into contact with it at hers, I personaly think it was the transporter as the poor horse came off the lorry dehydrated, exhausted, with masses of cuts and scrapes, had lost 50 kg of weight if not more and was extremely run up, not a great stretch to think that they may not have cleaned the vehicle properly
I've been in contact with this horse as well as having given him kisses. I then came home washed my hands and handled my old ponies. Now I washed my hands as I always do but didnt scrub boots or change clothes because It simply didnt cross my mind.
We are now on complete lock down on the yard, nothing on or off untill we are given the all clear, vet coming tommorow to swab pride as he is quite swollen but he does swell up in spring anyway so i'm not sure.