Today Strangles Awareness Week kicks off, so let’s help Redwings ‘turn social media yellow’ with this optimistic and informative campaign that aims to reach people who may not have biosecurity at the top of their priority list.

At a time when most of us are on lockdown and can’t avoid the public health messages that are also relevant for equine biosecurity, the Stamp out Strangles campaign aims to promote widespread awareness of Strangles and habits to take forward to improve horse health.

Strangles Awareness Week (4–10 May) is a collaboration between Redwings, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), the British Horse Society (BHS), Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy, Scotland’s Rural College, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, World Horse Welfare and backed by the British Equine Veterinary Association.

Events will run on social media, where people are encouraged to share strangles experiences, key messages and myth-busting facts and take the Redwings Stamp out Strangles pledge, agreeing to champion good biosecurity and speak out about the disease.

There will also be a live conversation between AHT head of bacteriology research Andrew Waller and Redwings’ senior vet and head of welfare Nic de Brauwere.

If you too would like to see better hygiene, testing and disinfecting across the equestrian sector, it’s easy to get involved. Visit the campaign hub for assets to share on social media.

It is hoped that by raising the profile of strangles we can also reduce stigma about the disease.

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