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post #1 of 9 Old 08-23-2011, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Strangles booster and riding?

My horse is getting his first strangles booster today - a few weeks after the initial.

Is it safe (obviously if he's showing no signs of anything) to ride him after he receives it? Or should I wait a day?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-24-2011, 02:06 AM
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That's a question to ask the vet. If it were me I would wait. Also the strangles booster is only 50% effective so you horse isn't 100% protected but it's a good thing you got it done :)
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Thanks :)

I asked, but I ended up riding him before the shot!
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-24-2011, 02:36 PM
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Unless the horse comes in contact with a horse that has it, your horse is not going to get strangles. As for riding after they get the inoculation, I don't see any reason that you couldn't, but I'm not a vet.

By the way, what did your vet say?
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Unless the horse comes in contact with a horse that has it, your horse is not going to get strangles. Posted via Mobile Device
A horse becomes infected with strep after contact with the mucous. It can be from a bucket, blade of grass on a trail ride, farrier, vet, trailer, etc.

It is not strictly horse to horse contact.
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Ok, my mistake. I understood it was just by contact. If there hasn't been a horse that was infected in the area in the last 6 to 8 weeks, it would be unlikely for them to get it.

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The strangles virus can live for years actually. Many vets recommend you clean everything the sick horse is exposed to so other horses won't possibly catch it.

It's mostly common in young horses. Horses who have been exposed to it are at higher risk of a reaction to the vaccine.


I do not vaccinate my horses because many older horses have already been exposed to it and the reaction percentage is higher with older horses. Now for my yearling I will have her vaccinated so atleast she will have some protection against the virus.
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As for riding after they get the inoculation, I don't see any reason that you couldn't, but I'm not a vet.

By the way, what did your vet say?
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I'm also curious as to why it would be a problem for a horse to be ridden after an innoculation. Is that specific to the Strangles vacc? I've never been warned not to ride after my horse's annual vaccines.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-25-2011, 12:34 PM
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I'm also curious as to why it would be a problem for a horse to be ridden after an innoculation. Is that specific to the Strangles vacc? I've never been warned not to ride after my horse's annual vaccines.
Actually it is GOOD for the horse to be worked after vaccinations. It helps to work the medication into their system. However, nothing more than a usual workout as they can feel a bit dumpy.
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