New horse in the barn has developed the dreaded Strangles. She has the open accesses where her lymph nodes are and is pretty miserable. It was discovered Thursday, vet was called immediately.
She was immediately put into quarantine in a completely separate building on the farm and her owner promptly cleaned EVERYTHING with bleach. She's on antibiotics and is expected to recover.
What scares me is she was pastured with both Bonnie and Rosie for the last two weeks leading up to getting sick and even though mine have been vaccinated the have been directly exposed.
Friday I left work early and ran up to the barn. I took the temperatures of both mares, inspected nasal passages, and thoroughly palpated all the lymph nodes and everything is normal.
I will be doing so again tomorrow as well as bleaching and disinfecting all my gear.
Please say a prayer that this dangerous bacteria is an isolated case and does not rage through our barn.