According to the UCDavis Medical Reference Guide for Horses, strangles is a highly contagious bacterial disease caused by Streptoccus equi and is most often a problem on breeding farms, affecting mainly young horses(weanlings and yearlings) It is spread by direct contact with contaminated materials(water troughs, feed bunks, stall, pastures, trailers, tack, etc.. Vaccinations are not recommended except on premises where the disease is a persistent problem.
I would say being rounded up in cold weather produces environmental stress making all of them much more susceptible to the disease by being held in unclean pens and then being hauled in old dirty trailers, trucks, to holding pens. It is a wonder any of them survive.
THEY DON’T HAVE STRANGLES BEFORE THEY ARE ROUNDED UP AND PUT INTO HOLDING PENS–THE TRAUMA, OVEREXERTION IN FREEZING WEATHER PLUS BEING EXPOSED TO CONTAMINATION PROBABLY ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE OUTBREAKS. IT IS A WONDER THAT ANY OF THEM SURVIVE.
If you are talking about Cindy’s piece called “Buried” there is a section before the strangles which is very interesting to the suit against BLM. I asked Makendra to post this. I think someone should. The questioning of the bLM employee who worked at Calico brings out the fact that the horses there were within the criteria and guidelines and had surprised them that more horses were there because there was no damage to indicate higher numbers. This means There Was No Scientific Basis for removing the horses.
BLM has said of Calico;
This is not an Emergency
There is the possibility of range damage in the future
The horses were not starving
The range was in good shape despite number of horses on it
Plus other things. Calico is happening because they want to be rid of the horses. The article may have proof that they lied in Fed court, again, and the judge’s decision should be overturned and an Injunction be allowed Now. Mar