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Patchetts Equestrian Centre in Hertfordshire will be closed for four weeks after a horse in livery at the yard was diagnosed with strangles on 12 June.

All events at the centre are cancelled but the clubhouse and shop remain open.

The centre’s manager, Anna Ross Davies, told H&H: “We isolated the horse immediately as it had a snotty nose, although we never imagined it had strangles. We had it tested for everything just as a precaution and have followed veterinary advice to the letter.”

The isolated horse is no longer showing any symptoms and never developed abscesses. He will be re-swabbed in early July, when Patchetts hope to be given the all-clear.

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