So, my horse came back from the barrel trainer and had an abscess. The trainer just thought it was an ordinary abscess and well so did I. 2 days after we got her home she started snotting every where, being lethargic, drinking little sips of water, barely eating if at all and she was all depressed. Called the vet they did a swab of her nose and it came back strangles. I have never delt with strangles had only heard about it. It took almost a week for her abscess to open up and drain by then she was just horried she was in pain and couldn't eat. Vet told us 5 days of penicillin and bute until she didn't need it. After 3 days of penicillin and bute twice a day she was back to her normal self and the abscess started to open. It's been open for 4 days I think and I took this picture yesterday. **WARNING** If you have a weak stomach do not look please. Since the photo has been taken the abscess is as of today is pink and healing. The yellow stuff you see hanging off of her hair isn't puss its Amish healing gel that keeps the flys away and is helping her sore.
Little did we know when we got her home she had strangles and we put her in the pasture with my other horse. 2 days ago my other horse started showing signs, not snotting but you could see the swelling underneath her jaw. Came home after a full day of shopping it had opened and was leaking. By today there was no swelling and it was looking fine and open. So she should be okay.
My question is after they heal. The vet said it can take up to 4 to 6 weeks. After they heal and the abscess are gone and dried up. How long should I not ride them after they have healed? And if I do how long should our first couple rides be? There both in shape and we're in training for barrels before the strangles there both at a lope. I had planned on going to an exhibition on the 25 but now that is way out of the question. This place I plan on going to has exhibitions at 6 ever Wednesday night of every month. When do you think I would be able to take them to the exhibitions? I am in NO hurry, I want what is best for my horses. If I had to quit barrel racing for them I would no question. I want nothing but the best for them, even if that means giving up the sport we all like to do.