Lisa's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 5 August, 2020 - 10:18

Why are people so irresponsible? I moved from a strangles free part of the country and was shocked and dismayed to find that there are so many irresponsible and uncaring horse owners in my new area. There is a big out break of strangles on our yard, brought in by new liveries who then left 2 weeks later and have been moving around ever since. We have had a lot of suffering. These people, including another yard owner have told clients that if they say any thing they will be kicked off the yard.

Jannette's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 17 May, 2020 - 19:20

Pony purchased. Two weeks in, swelling in face, called vet, I suspected strangles, was assured it wasn’t. Went off to a show with other ponies, left girls home to bath the swollen face to try to get it to burst on vets say so. Home from 3 day show and called vet for second opinion. He said definitely strangles, tested confirmed positive, close down yard for 4 months. 17 horses/ponies infected.

Julia and Molly's Story

Submitted by Andie Vilela on 11 May, 2020 - 16:24

I will never forget being a spectator at Burnham Market horse trials in April 2018 when my yard manager rang to say there was a suspected case of strangles on the yard and we were in lock down. I wanted the ground to swallow me up right there, I reassured myself that I wasn’t wearing anything that had been at the yard so I was no potential risk to all those world class horses around, but felt so sick!

Hayley's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 7 May, 2020 - 17:19

Strangles isn't just a little virus that comes and goes, it can be life threatening to your horse. I'm fortunate to still have my horse who contracted strangles. It was passed through what I believed a shared water trough between two fields. Horses in the next field came and went within a short period of time and sadly one must of brought it into the yard. My horse was a unique case where she had an abscess in her gutteral pouch which contained the strangles, similar looking to a grape.

Debbie's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 5 May, 2020 - 11:17

It was a rubbish year. We had lost my horse to Atypical Myopathy and come close to losing my son's. We moved to a new yard and  bought a new horse who about 12 days later had a slight cough when ridden and a small nasal discharge. The vet thought it was another respiratory bug but swabbed to be safe. By the time we got the results he was fine. Our 2 were in a field away from the others so they stayed there and the rest of the yard stayed in. The horse that recovered from AM got it but had no symptoms.

Alex's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 5 May, 2020 - 10:53

New pony was bought by girl that shared facilities I rented. 2 weeks later her other pony showed symptoms, ours had not been able to touch or in contact through myself or other lady. Vet was eventually called and misdiagnosed.

Angie's story

Submitted by Helen Whitelegg on 27 April, 2020 - 13:04

I moved yards on 21st December 2019 with my 20 year old Irish Draught Cross, Annie and 7 year old Gypsy Cob, Cody.  Excited at having both my horses together for the first time (they’d lived in separate herds at my previous yard), I had chosen a miniature Shetland foal the previous month to join them and eagerly collected her two days later on 23rd December.  Unfortunately though, Bunty bought me an unwanted Christmas present in the form of Strangles.