Strangles is an extremely contagious disease that affects a horse’s upper respiratory tract. It is the most common equine infectious disease in the UK and worldwide. Strangles outbreaks can be incredibly distressing for horses, but also financially and emotionally devastating for owners and equestrian businesses. Find out more about what is Strangles at our Strangles Hub.
We launched our Stamp Out Strangles campaign to help owners, yard managers, vets and equestrian professionals stay a step ahead of the disease.
Why not explore our online Strangles Hub for a wealth of practical information and advice on how to prevent and manage strangles, as well as sign-up to the Stamp Out Strangles Pledge to commit to doing your bit to beat the disease? As a Pledger, you’ll receive a certificate in recognition of your support, updated outbreak information and regular emails sharing the latest on strangles-related initiatives.
Strangles Awareness Week is a global, collaborative effort to prevent and manage strangles which takes place in May every year. Whether you’re a horse owner, a vet, a yard manager or an equine professional, such as a farrier, you can make a difference by getting involved!
If you have any reason to think your horse may have strangles or been exposed to strangles, act immediately by putting isolation measures in place and calling your vet. Maintain isolation and monitor your horse while waiting for test results to ensure the infection is already contained if your horse has contracted the disease. If the horse tests negative, isolation measures can easily be lifted again.
Our Strangles Information Pack (PDF 2.5 MB) explains everything you need to know about spotting the signs of the disease, how it is diagnosed, creating effective isolation zones, how to disinfect facilities and equipment, and how to care for yourself while dealing with the emotional rigours of an outbreak.