• 15 February 2017

Mare and Foal Sanctuary Confirms Strangles

Strangles cases have been confirmed at two equine rehabilitation centres in Devon.


The Mare and Foal Sanctuary confirmed cases of the equine respiratory disease at its private rehabilitation centres in Newton Abbot and Upcott Park near Holsworthy.

The sanctuary has confirmed no horses will arrive or leave the sites until they are certain the disease has been eradicated and that all their other sites remain unaffected and open for business as usual.

Syra Bowden, Managing Director at the Sanctuary, 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 regarding disease containment and control. We encourage anyone affected to speak out about Strangles".


Strangles is a highly contagious infection that affects the upper respiratory tract and is caused by bacteria Strep.