Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Strangles can be far worse than chicken pox to a human and it is extremely contagiouse. How soon you can ride them depends on the indivudual horse. Once the absesses have drained, fully scabbed over, etc., it is usually obviouse they are "doing better", but a bad case can take a lot out of them. They may look 100 percent, but will tire more easily and just need more "rest". When you do finally ride (after they have fully recovered), just make it short and really pay attention to your horse's overall health to determine how "back on the step" they are. It is pretty rare, but they can get ******* strangles. More common, they get some easily curable respiratory infection or "something" b/c their immune system was weakened.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.