New Forest Ponies – Strangles Outbreak

A major outbreak of equine strangles has occurred in the New Forest. Strangles is characterised by a raised temperature, depression, discharge from the nose and swollen head and neck glands, which often become abscesses. Some ponies recover quickly when the disease is mild, causing only a slight nasal discharge, with no rise in temperature or swollen glands but some become very ill for several days even taking 3 to 4 weeks to make a full recovery, and a few may even die.

As the disease is highly contagious annual drifts (round ups) in the Burley area scheduled for 7 and 14 September have been cancelled as has one of the autumn pony sales at Beaulieu Road sales yard which was due to take place on 18 September.

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