A survey has found 90% of respondents believe strangles should be more of a priority in the UK.

Research was conducted as part of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's #StampOutStrangles campaign.
Research was conducted as part of Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s #StampOutStrangles campaign.

The research – part of Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s #StampOutStrangles campaign and developed in collaboration with the University of Liverpool – also revealed 20% of the 2,000 respondents had owned a horse with strangles.

Of these, 20% were not cleared as carriers and 10% did not know if their horse had been cleared of carrier status. This was despite 76% of respondents saying they would pay for:

  • three or more veterinary call-outs
  • endoscopy on recovery
  • tests to confirm their horse was not a strangles carrier

Inspired by incident

According to Redwings, the survey – initial findings from which were released at BEVA Congress (7-10 September) – was inspired by the sanctuary’s own strangles outbreak in February 2015, where 24 horses showed varying degrees of clinical infection and tested positive for strangles.

Redwings said it hoped the findings would determine whether horse owner responses mirror or differ from those vets held of strangles – one of the most common equine respiratory diseases in the UK.

A full report of its findings will be published in early 2017.

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