Redwings Horse Sanctuary has published the full report of its survey of more than 2,000 horse owners to assess awareness of strangles, attitudes towards the disease, and biosecurity practices.

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Only 13% of respondents who kept their horses at a livery yard had their horse screened for strangles on arrival, the survey revealed. IMAGE: Fotolia/Tanja Esser.

The survey, developed in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, attracted almost 5,000 respondents, with 2,002 filling it out in full, representing a diverse demographic of horse owners.

Improve biosecurity

Responses to questions throughout the survey showed an interest and willingness from horse owners to improve biosecurity, said Redwings.

More than 90% of respondents believed strangles should be more of a priority in the UK and, indeed, among the horse owners that took part, understanding of the disease and awareness of the symptoms was good, with 92.5% correctly identifying fever and 96.0% identifying the classic (albeit later) nasal discharge as clinical signs of strangles.

Further, 46.0% of respondents had personal experience of strangles; 46.1% of who reported the case was confirmed by a vet.

Lack of screening

Despite this awareness and eagerness for strangles to be a priority, the survey found only 13% of respondents who kept their horses at a livery yard had their horse screened for strangles on arrival and 74.8% said their yard did not have a screening protocol for new arrivals at all.

This lack of screening does not seem to be because horse owners are not willing to follow the protocol, however; 50.8% said they were “very likely” and a further 28.8% said they were “likely” to use a yard that had strangles testing for new arrivals.

More information

Redwings’ free strangles information and prevention pack for yards and horse owners can be downloaded via the charity’s website – or can be requested in hard copy – including quarantine posters, by emailing education@redwings.co.uk

 

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