Information on Strangles
Strangles is one of the most important contagious equine diseases worldwide. Some horses can outwardly show no symptoms yet still carry the disease and spread it to other horses. Currently these carrier horses can be very difficult to identify.
Unfortunately amongst some horse owners there is still a stigma about admitting their horse has strangles, which hinders both quick diagnosis and effective control of the spread of the disease.
New research is underway with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of strangles, but in the meantime our best weapon is isolation and first class hygiene procedures to prevent the spread of the disease.
The STEPS Code
This voluntary code was launched at the start of Strangles Awareness week in 2007. It sets out the steps all horse owners should take to avoid the spread of strangles.
You can download a copy of the STEPS Code here.