The Mare and Foal Sanctuary has confirmed cases of the equine respiratory disease, Strangles, at its private rehabilitation centres in Newton Abbot and Upcott Park near Holsworthy.
Executive Director Syra Bowden said, “Working with rescue horses means we have to be realistic and know that we will see Strangles again and again. Our priority is to treat the horses currently at risk and minimise potential for disease spread.
“We see horses with all kinds of veterinary conditions, and each new horse that comes in to our care receives a thorough veterinary evaluation, part of which is to be screened for contagious diseases whilst undergoing a period of quarantine. As a result of identifying Strangles we have implemented further strict biosecurity measures developed alongside our vet, which we have every confidence in.
“Due to having Strangles at Honeysuckle Farm and Upcott Park, there will be no horses arriving or leaving the two sites until disease free status has been confirmed by our vet. All our other sites remain unaffected, including the Visitor and Events Centre at Coombe Park which is open for business as usual.
“As a reputable welfare charity we have a responsibility to be transparent and accountable regarding our quarantine measures, and to lead by example in educating others with regard to disease containment and control. We encourage anyone affected to speak out about Strangles.
“Strangles is the most commonly diagnosed equine infectious disease in the world and can affect any horse and any owner. We’re speaking out and we would like to thank everyone for their support.”
For more help and advice regarding concerns of prevention and containment of diseases and quarantine measures please call our head office at Honeysuckle Farm on 01626 355969. There is also very good advice to be found on the Redwings website: https://www.redwings.org.uk/news-and-views/speak-out-strangles