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post #11 of 69 Old 05-12-2016, 06:08 PM
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I am so sorry you are having to go through this.

It was an educational read, however.

I will let mine drink from steams and creeks, but never a communal trough. When camping I pack my own water just in case there are no hydrants.

**** scary!
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post #12 of 69 Old 05-12-2016, 06:19 PM
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This thread has been an eye opener for me. I actually bought my Haflinger even though he had Strangles at the time of purchase. I just couldn't resist him. Fortunately, his case cleared up very quickly with antibiotics, and I never realized how often it turns serious.
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post #13 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 09:46 AM
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Wow, I had read bits and pieces of what you were dealing with on other threads, but I didn't realize Skippy was involved nor had become so ill. Really hope he continues to improve, as well as the others.
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post #14 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 09:56 AM
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The IN give better protection than the vaccine because it uses a 'live' avirulent but it has to be used with care. It should preferably be given on a different day to any 'puncture' type vaccinations or blood tests
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post #15 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 10:05 AM
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Dreamcatcher, I am very sorry you have to go through this.
But thank you for sharing it. It is indeed an eye opener and very educational...
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post #16 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 10:36 AM
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I had a similar experience about 25 years ago. I was the wrangler at a YMCA camp. Somebody donated a lot of 5 horses, nice horses, but the price ended up being really high. If I recall correctly something like 30 horses ended up with it, and a couple died. It was a real eye opening experience for a college kid. I had never experienced anything like it, and hope to never again. I hope your stock (and bank account) recover quickly.

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post #17 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 10:58 AM
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Glad to hear all your horses are through the worst of it and on their way to recovery. Not a pleasant thing to deal with at all. Years ago it was said once a horse has had strangles then it builds their immunity and they are unlikely to get it again but that was back before they did the research they do now. Do you know if that is true or not?

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post #18 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Glad to hear all your horses are through the worst of it and on their way to recovery. Not a pleasant thing to deal with at all. Years ago it was said once a horse has had strangles then it builds their immunity and they are unlikely to get it again but that was back before they did the research they do now. Do you know if that is true or not?
I know that they USUALLY build immunity to the strain they've had. If a new one comes down the pike, not so sure how much it would sustain them. I know they used to believe that once a horse had strangles you shouldn't ever vaccinate them because they would come down with it again. That was a LONG time ago, back in the 70's/80's, and I don't know if the IM vaccine of the day (only one they had then) was a live strain or killed as it is today.

The IN vaccine is an attenuated live strain and is much more effective in creating an immune response. The IM doesn't seem to confer immunity nearly as well, in addition to having some NASTY site reactions.

We drew blood on the 2 mares who have just foaled to see what their immune status is and if they need to receive vaccine, which I'm VERY reluctant to do at this time, but if needs be we will do it to protect the foals. It's the only immunity they can get so may be worth the risk if their dams immunity is low or non-existent.

STRESS STRESS STRESS! I wouldn't wish this on my least favorite person in the world. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers everybody!
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post #19 of 69 Old 05-13-2016, 11:42 AM
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So sorry that you and your horses had to go through this and hope all recover completely. Thanks for the education on strangles. Hang in there, you're one tough lady!
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Here's a couple things I've put together for the barn gal, so she'll know what to look for and not miss anything from now on. (I HOPE)

DAILY HEALTH QUESTIONS


1. IS THE HORSE EATING NORMALLY?

2. IS THE HORSE DRINKING NORMALLY? (IF IN DOUBT, HANG

(1) 5 GAL BUCKET OF WATER IN THE STALL AND NOTE THE

LEVEL THE NEXT DAY.

3. IS THE HORSE PEEING?

4. IS THE HORSE POOPING?

5. IS THE HORSE'S BEHAVIOUR NORMAL FOR HIM/HER? IF

NO, WHY NOT?

6. GUT SOUNDS YES OR NO? LOUD OR MUFFLED?

7. WHO DO THE GUMS LOOK?

8. ARE THE HORSE'S VITALS IN NORMAL LIMITS? YES OR NO?

IF NO, WHAT ARE THEY?

9. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT IS CONCERNING YOU ABOUT

THE HORSE'S APPEARANCE OR DEMEANOR? WHAT IS IT?

10. IF YOU DON'T KNOW OR AREN'T SURE, DON'T BE AFRAID

TO ASK. FIND ME. OR CHRIS AND LET US KNOW THERE'S

A QUESTION.



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