If a property had strangles go through it a year ago, how long would it need to be unoccupied for it to be safe to put horses back on? I've heard that strangles could stick around in the grass, etc. for up to a year. I don't know enough about the virus.
I am thinking of looking at a horse that is on a property that had a bought of strangles go through the herd a little over a year ago. The horses were off the property for 4-6 months this summer, but there are horses there now. Supposedly this horse is fully up to date on her vaccines, including strangles, but I'm worried about bringing her to our barn. We have been offered an unlimited trial (yeah, unlimited time...hard to pass up) but I don't want to bring a horse back that could potentially infect everyone else. I will have her vetted almost immediately upon taking her, but there will likely be a few days between. She'd be kept seperate from the others for a while just in case, but what are the risks?
If I don't make sense, please ask for clarification...I'm going to try to call the vet tomorrow, but I have a hard time being able to answer my phone during the day.