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    02-19-2011, 08:26 PM
Want to rescue a horse with strangles, need advise *Please Help*

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 )
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    02-19-2011, 08:35 PM
I don't really know a whole lot about strangles, but make sure that NOTHING from that horses touches your horse. Personally I would be scared to take the horse for fear of my current horse catching it, but I commend you for wanting to help, just talk to your vet and do extensive research on strangles before you consider taking this horse, my friends horse got strangles before I knew her just because someone brought a new horse to the barn that was infected, her horse had to be on IV fluids and she almost lost him. And prepare your self for the horse possibly not making it, besides being sick, moving her will also be very stressful so there is a possibility it may be too much for her
    02-20-2011, 02:39 AM
1. Quarantine the horse in an area where they are NOT in direct contact with any other horses.
2. Feed and water and work with that horse LAST and then go straight in the house and wash up.
3. Bleach EVERYTHING that touches the horse or that he uses (ie feed tubs water buckets, brushes, halters etc). And after he's healed up spray a bleach solution all over the quarantine area.
    02-20-2011, 05:29 AM
Green Broke
I personaly would be hard and say leave well enough alone. You could very very easily give this to your horses

Bleach will not kill strangles. There is only one cleaner that will get rid of strangles. Can't remember the name off the top of my head but it is expensive.

Strangles can lie dormant in wood etc for years and then spring up and affect oyur horses. It is a horrific disease to deal with, extremely difficult to quarenteen and nigh on impossible to erradicate.

Sorry to be harsh but are you prepared to have to change your clothes between horses? To completly disinfect your car inside and out everytime you leave the yard? To disinfect everything including brushes? To burn all your rugs that come into contact (that is the only way of getting it out of rigs)?
To disinfect and burn all bedding that comes from that stable? To pay enormous amounts for vets fees and risk your current horses?

You cannot turn this horse out untill it has had clear swabs.
    02-20-2011, 05:37 PM
Green Broke
From what I have understood strangles does not survive in the open environment very long without a host, so I wouldn't be too worried about it hanging around once the horse is healthy.

However, dealing with it in the meantime can be a tricky business. Everybody is correct that you would have to make sure to keep everything separate from each horse, including changing your clothes between caring for each horse. Strangles is highly contagious and can go through a herd like wildfire.
    02-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Green Broke
QH dragon. Strangles can survive for 4 weeks in water and far longer in wood. It is transmitted via the mucus in a horses breath so disinfecting everything with the right disinfectant (bleach wont touch it) is essential.
Strangles is a MAJOR problem here in the UK and wil continue to be untill DEFRA pull thier head out of the sand and make it a notefiable disease..

All about the disease here:
Equine Strangles - Introduction

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