Strangles is a serious bacterial infection which affects horses, donkeys ponies and mules. It is highly contagious and is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in equines in the UK.
Strangles is caused by a bacterium, Streptococcus Equi Equi, which mainly affects the lymph nodes of the head and neck. Active infections may be characterised by fever, inappetence, depression, swellings around the head and neck, nasal discharge and open abscesses, whereas chronic carriers may not show any symptoms at all, but can pose a risk to others.
Talking about strangles openly, planning and being knowledgeable about biosecurity is something that we can all do to help limit the spread and control this infection for horses nationwide. Knowing the symptoms, knowing your horse and monitoring for signs of change are things that as horse owners, we can all do.
Around 120 equines arrive at Bransby Horses each year, and with rescue animals, we may know very little about them. With 400 equines to care for on site, we take biosecurity and strangles really seriously, so that all our residents are safe, free from strangles and healthy.
Bransby Horses is proud to take part in the annual Strangles Awareness Week each May, when we encourage an open discussion and the sharing of stories and information on strangles. During 3-9 May 2021, we will be sharing some of the work we do at Bransby Horses to tackle this avoidable disease across our social media channels.
You can support by sharing your strangles story and use the hashtags #SAW2021 #SpeakOutOnStrangles #Strangles. You can also take the pledge alongside other horse owners, yards and equine professionals to make a commitment to good biosecurity. Find out about the pledge and play your part in making a change to prevent an outbreak at redwings.org.uk/strangles/make-a-pledge