Hey, Just wanted to say that we do not vaccinate for strangles. We have had one of our horses get it one time, and really wasn't worth all of the hulabola everyone gives strangles. All you do is watch and wait. The vet advised me to place a hot pack on the lymph nodes for about 15 mins twice a day to help hurry the process along, but that was all I had to do. I believe that was to help them break open faster and drain. The draining part was gross but she was over it before the test results saying it was for sure strangles even came back. I know I'm making it sound like a mild case, but it wasn't. The lymph nodes on both side were swollen up a lot and she had yellow discharge coming out of both nostrils. All of our horses are kept together and the vet said that there is no point in vaccinating the other ones now that they had already been exposed to it. The vet also said that if they don't get it then they have most likely already had it and most likely won't get it again. None of our other horses contracted it and we still don't vacinate for it and haven't had an icedence since, even with adding new horses to our herd.
Believe me I have done a lot of research on this topic and strongly believe that more people need to do their research. Last year at the county fair there was a big strangles scare. One horse had a very, very small amount of swelling in its lymph nodes and it didn't even have any discharge coming out of its nose yet, but everyone freaked out scared to death that there horse was going to die if it came within one hundred feet of the horse. So a lot of people took their horses home. We took ours home just to get away from the crazyness, we had already had the state qualifying show and we both qualified, so there was no point in staying another two days.
So people, please do some research before you believe all of the rumors out there. Oh, and not a single horse from the county fair contracted strangles, except for the one that had it, and there were around 100 horses there. And if the barn requires it then I suppose you miswhile just get it, even though I find it to be a waist of money, because the vet said the vaccine isn't even that likely to work.
Sorry for the long message but I just get ranting and can't stop.