Pay Close Attention to Nylon Halters, Leads During Post-Strangles Cleaning

A good wipe-down with sanitising agent might work well on wood, concrete, and plastic, but nylon equipment is harder to properly disinfect, researchers found.

After a strangles outbreak, it’s time to clean. But what exactly does that entail? According to Swedish researchers, a good wipe-down with disinfectant might work well on wood, concrete, and plastic. Nylon, though, appears to be a comfortable place for the disease’s causative bacteria, Streptococcus equi, to hang out. And even most warm washes and tumble dries in the washing machine won’t kill the bacteria on your nylon halters and leadlines.