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        05-26-2010, 07:45 AM
    Green Broke
    Anything else I should Know?

    I just found out recently that horses need tetnus shots once every 3 years? I think they said. But I never knew, if its once every 3 years then my horse is up to date us he had one last year for the his operation thing.
    I do know about worming once every 3-4 months and I am up to date with that.
    But are there any other shots, medications that horses should be getting regulary? That I am unaware of.
    And how much would it cost for each shot/mediacation?

    Or would I need to contact a local vet or something and find out

    Thanks in advance
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        05-26-2010, 08:30 AM
    Please contact your local vet and discuss things! What vaccines a horse needs varies depending on where you live.

    Prices vary from area to area too. They can vary quite a bit so the prices we might give you will do you no good. Some areas you (general you) can give all of your own shots (including rabies). Other areas certain vaccines have to be administered by a veterinarian.
    Annual shot visits (or twice a year depending on what you give and where you live) are a great way to have a good working relationship with your vet. This way they know you and your horse when there is an emergency.

    When you call, also ask about the requirement for a coggins.
        05-26-2010, 08:33 AM
    Green Broke
    OK thankyou so there is deffinatley more I should know about.
    I will have to contact the vet soon.
        05-26-2010, 08:39 AM
    I now see that you are in Australia (did not notice that before). We have a pretty active crowd here from that neck of the woods. Hopefully they can help you with what is most likely required in your area.
        05-26-2010, 09:34 AM
    Green Broke
    Invest in a really good book about horse health. It will probably be huge and look like a text book but it will be worth every cent it cost. Then read it, cover to cover even if your horse isn't sick or unwell. The good thing about these books is they will also give you all the warning signs to look for so you are able to catch any problem early so that things don't progress to a dangerous point healthwise for your horse.

    Talk to a vet about vaccinations, generally in Australia you only vaccinate for tetanus and strangles as there IS no rabies in the country, or several other nasty diseases that they vaccinate for in other parts of the world - thanks to it being an island nation and having excellent quarantine standards!

    Seriously though, pop in to Horseland or Angus & Robertson and get one or two books. If you can't afford them, go to your local public library and borrow them for free!!
        05-26-2010, 08:08 PM
    Green Broke
    I never thought about books I may actually go and check it out after work today :)

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