Hey everyone thank you in advance for reading and offering advise. Here is my situation. A friend of mine called me tonight, she had heard about a Arabian that has strangles, the owners are not treating this animal with anything. The horse I guess has started loosing weight obviously due to stress of being sick and no treatment. From what I understand from my friend, the animals owners words are "Get this animal out of here ASAP" They do not want anything to do with him, nor care for him.
My situation is this, I have one horse here at home. I have 2 places that I can use for quarantine and a good vet. The horse that has strangles, his abscess broke open about 5 days ago, under his jaw/throatlatch. The horse is 4 years old so I do not believe there should be too many complications.
I have yet to consult my vet here on Monday and see what he says.... but If I get this horse it will be this Tuesday most likely, maybe Monday if I can talk to him early morning.
What would you do?
Should I consider taking this horse in?
What should I expect, I have never dealt with Strangles before?
What care is needed for the horse after the abscess has broke open?
( I know at this point he would be most contagious )