The Yorkshire region, like the rest of the UK, is in the grip of increasing numbers of Strangles outbreaks at present.
Although fatalities are uncommon in the UK the disease is highly contagious and can cause great inconvenience and economic loss to riding schools and competition centres plus disruption to show and competition plans for many horse owners.
Clinical signs are variable and most are often very mild – but horses showing little or no signs can still pass it to others and still become carrier animals.
Protecting your horse from Strangles is not difficult BUT it relies on following some simple guidelines when going to shows and competitions, a clear system for isolating and screening new arrivals on a yard, a clear plan of what will happen in the event of a suspected outbreak, and above all openness and honesty about suspected disease.
Pretending it isn’t happening is highly irresponsible and may expose people doing this to claims for damages running into many thousands.
Click here for details of new horse screening and outbreak protocols, or our current vaccine offers.
Testing protocols and control measures have been developed over the last few years that can be very effective, and an effective vaccine is now available to assist with protection against disease.
Watch our free online talk with visual slides presented by Nigel Haizelden on this worrying disease, its prevention, signs and control.
Register and watch the talk here
Download our Strangles Information poster for your yard