Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
From the Merck Vet. Manual:
Metastatic strangles (“b astard strangles”) is characterized by abscessation in other lymph nodes of the body, particularly the lymph nodes in the abdomen and, less frequently, the thorax. S equi is the most common cause of brain abscess in horses, albeit rare.
When a yard I had my horses on had a strangles outbreak one of the horses there had 'b astard' strangles but as far as I can recall didn't have the typical type symptoms that the others who caught it had as they didn't realize he was infected when he became really ill - some of the older horses had no symptoms at all, some just had snotty nose flu like symptoms for a couple of days and the 4 horses (one was mine) that got the abscess in the throat area were all under 7 years old