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    02-02-2008, 03:35 PM

My poor horse has strangles I read it can take up to a month before it goes away. Is that true?
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    02-02-2008, 05:15 PM
Maybe a little less than that, but you have to keep them quarantined longer...its a big pain in the butt.
    02-02-2008, 06:49 PM
Yea, quarantine big time. Keep a bucket of bleach nearby for your brushes and shoes. My horse had it once. But at least he will never get it again.
    02-02-2008, 07:34 PM
Yeah I spent a good chunk of the day sanitizing everything with bleach water.
    02-02-2008, 07:39 PM
Ooh no. Poor pony! It swept through our barn about 7 years ago, and it was awful. It wasn't worth quarantining any one horse, because we figure someone had touched a horse with strangles and then came to visit horses at our barn.
Lots of compresses for their necks, and keep a close eye out for signs of strangles in any other horse at your barn.
I can't remember exactly, but I think we were treating horses at the barn for a few months... luckily my horse at the time didn't get it too badly.
I think it stays dormant for a while too? I have no idea how long, or I might be completely off base..?
    02-02-2008, 07:45 PM
Yeah, there's a ton of horses to watch out for. She goes out on the pasture at night with about 30 or so horses. So for now she's stuck in her stall until she's better. I feel so bad for her. I wish there was somewhere she could go where there won't be any other horses to stretch out a bit. But with about 100 horses it's not to easy.
    02-02-2008, 09:58 PM
Green Broke
Oh im so sorry to hear about ur horse :( hope he gets better soon
    02-03-2008, 02:12 PM
That's not good, at all. Its good you plan to help her though, because it could turn into something rather bad.
    02-03-2008, 09:11 PM
You need to quarantine for at least 3 weeks after all signs of disease are gone and a 6 week period would better ensure that she is not going to transmit it to your other horses.

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