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post #1 of 5 Old 09-13-2013, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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horse has strangles:(

OK long story short we took in 2 new horses a 8 yr old paint mare that is OBESE and a very thin arabian gelding, we went to the house on tue. to look at them i rode them both. to see if they were actually broke. they looked fine, wed. morning we brought them home. wed night we noticed the paint was developing grape size lumps under jaw, yeserday morning I called vet because there were some by throat latch, i text him some pics because he is coming out mon regardless i had the appt already scheduled, he said it appears to be strangles from photos. My horses have been vaccinated and suppsobly these 2 have as well. Mine have not been introduced they are at our house, and the new ones are across the street in pasture. Iam so worried about her the vet said there was nothing he could do now and he would check her when he came but if she got worse as in having breathing problems he would come out asap. IAM TERRIEFIED!!! i cant sleep iam so worried about her i have checked on her about 10 time in the night, she has no problem eating, drinking, Iam worried about the gelding as well but he said there is no reason to seperate them he has already been exposed. iam hoping someone can calm me down, lol iam just so worried about her she is the sweetest mare ever!! oh and also no fever.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-13-2013, 08:22 AM
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Strangles is not airborne like the Flu virus. It is a strep bacteria that is spread through direct contact, either horse to horse or spread by people having contact with the horse and then handling other horses. If it is Strangles, just let the abscesses mature and break. Be aware that if you step or a critter like a dog steps in the drainage from abscesses snot or slobbers, it will also spread that way.

I have managed to keep several outbreaks isolated to the horse or group of horses that first brought it in. We just feed and handle them the last thing in the day, step in a pan of disinfectant (like diluted Clorox) and are very careful to not go near another horse after messing with them.

Also be aware that there are different strains of the Strep bacteria and Strangles Vaccinations are not 100% effective.

Do not use any antibiotics unless the horse faces life threatening complications like not being able to get enough air or internal abscesses. If antibiotics are ever started, the must be continued for several weeks. To stop them too early can result in the death of the horse.

You don't have to check the horse more than once or twice a day. Most just have the abscesses on lymph nodes under their jaw break and drain and get better. Most horses go through a period of haveing snot and saliva drool and drain. That discharge is VERY infective. We have always just checked on them and thrown and poured feed across a fence unless one got bad enough to have to institute antibiotics. Then, we went in with one halter (left it there) and doctored the one that needs it last thing in the day. We soaked the halter and lead in Clorox solution before using it again. Any equipment like water troughs or feed tubs also need to thoroughly disinfected after a sick horse has used them.

You are lucky they are not mixed in with your other horses.

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It's a serious condition but it is pretty treatable and has great survival rates. It takes 2-4 weeks to sort itself out most times, but it is not a death sentence. I totally understand your worry though! It's not good news, you definitely need to keep an eye on things but don't freak out just yet.

Be sure to not share things between horses and to wash your hands. Personally I would go so far as changing clothes completely and shoes as well before going from the infected pasture to the clean.

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I'm happy to help you calm down. Right after I bought my gelding five years ago, he developed Strangles, and he recovered from it very well. It's been a long time, but I believe he got well pretty quickly, soon after the abscesses popped. My vet chose to put him on antibiotics, but I think there might be different opinions about that. I kept him separated from my other mare, but I was still concerned about her being exposed through me. However, she never got Strangles.
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Ok thanks for all the information! I have never had a problem with mine but i did let the lady know were they came from because she has 2 other horses, and obviously she had it when i got her it just didnt pop up. I do change boots and clothes, since i have to go over there 2xday regardless to feed the arabian due to his teeth until vet comes out. Now i can go take a nap, I was worried that all theses lumps were going to just take over and cut off her breathing, that is why i was checking so often, Iam sure she appreciated it she got a alfalfa cube everytime i went over:)
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