Strangles can be airborne, OP. And the vaccination doesn't actually work IME. When the outbreak happened a couple of years ago, a friend's horse got very sick. They nearly lost her. She was vaccinated but we think [unconfirmed] that it was strangles. She got an abscess in her lungs in the end and nearly died. It took her two summers to recover well enough that they didn't feel like they were going to lose her.
Vet time. NOW. In this heat, if he's not drinking A LOT he can get incredibly sick incredibly quickly [at the least, IMO, this horse needs fluids]. Talking to the vet over the phone is, quite simply, NOT ENOUGH. And before you get started on money, stiff bikkies, you have horses, you should expect vet expenses. ESPECIALLY with older horses. I am 3k in debt from vet bills over the past 6 or 7 months but if one of my horses needed to see the vet I wouldn't hesitate.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 02-15-2013 at 03:31 AM.