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  • What vaccinations should a 2 year old horse have
  • How do i know if my horse have had vaccinations

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    04-01-2012, 08:58 PM
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Foal
Horse has never been vaccinated...

Hi. I have a 4 year old miniature mare, who I just bought in June 2011. She was never vaccinated before, but we live right next to a pond and a woods, so I want to vaccinate her this year using a four-way vaccine, and a shot for rabies/potamac horse fever. But I just checked out a few websites and they said that if your horse has never been vaccinated before, there may be severe side effects. I don't want to have to put my horse down if the side effects are really bad. What should I do? She has lived about 4 years old without any vaccines, but people are saying that this year is going to be really bad, because we had a warm winter. What should I do?? Please write back soon.
     
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    04-01-2012, 09:03 PM
  #2
Trained
If you are really worried, get the vet out to vaccinate, I think there is antidote administered if there is a reaction.
     
    04-01-2012, 09:06 PM
  #3
Trained
None of our horses are ever vaccinated unless there is some sort of extreme need to, which has only happened once. We have never had a sick horse and we haul everywhere. Our reasoning is that we are naturalists; the auto immune diseases associated with vaccines is enough for us to say no.

Nobody comment on that please. I've already been told I'm a horrid, horrid person. It's just how we work and we have less issues than people around here who do vaccinate, so I consider us a success.
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    04-01-2012, 09:18 PM
  #4
Foal
So if my horse gets vaccinated, will the vet give them medication before he or she leaves for the possible side effects? Or will I have to pay for another barn call and the medicine if my mare gets bad side effects?
     
    04-01-2012, 09:21 PM
  #5
Banned
Iv bought many horses over the years that had never been vaccinated and they were 3 years old. I got a five way and gave it no problem then three weeks later did the second booster not a problem either. I know someone who doesnt do any vaccines and her horses are sick all the time. I wouldnt worry just give it the shots and then its done.
     
    04-01-2012, 10:36 PM
  #6
Green Broke
We've always given all our horses their 4-way shot every year. And we've also been doing West Nile every year, once that started becoming an issue again in recent years.

The only reaction we ever had was with my horse, a couple years ago, was having some stocking-up leg swelling issues for a couple weeks after I vacinnated him. However, he was also being kept in a small, small paddock because the people I boarded with were trying to give the pasture grass time to grow. I suspect that since that was the only year he was not allowed to freely move around and keep circulated, that it had something to do with it. He's been fine any other time.

I would either take your horse to the vet and have the vet do it, or have the vet come to your house. (Usually cheaper to bring your horse to the vet.)

Vaccinations for horses are like vaccinations for people. Yes, there is a chance of side effects. Yes, there is a chance you can get sick from it. But I'd rather just have the vaccination, since those risks are small.
     
    04-02-2012, 07:10 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
None of our horses are ever vaccinated unless there is some sort of extreme need to, which has only happened once. We have never had a sick horse and we haul everywhere. Our reasoning is that we are naturalists; the auto immune diseases associated with vaccines is enough for us to say no.

Nobody comment on that please. I've already been told I'm a horrid, horrid person. It's just how we work and we have less issues than people around here who do vaccinate, so I consider us a success.
That's so wonderful that you don't vaccinate!!!
     
    04-02-2012, 10:43 PM
  #8
Weanling
Welcome to the forum! Like others have said yes there is a chance your horse could have a reaction, but there is a chance your horse could be just fine too. My mare has never had even the slightest reaction from shots even though I don't know if she received any before 4 years of age. Unfortunately, a couple other horses at the barn got swelling in the injection area which subsided within a few days.

My barn requires a yearly coggins test, 5 ways and strangles so that is what I do. I have also always done West Nile because the mosquitos are nasty by my horse because of the nearby pond and river. As far a Potomac Horse Fever, from what I have read that vaccine isn't always effective. Your horse could still get it so I don't give that one. Tetanus and Rabies are also options, I have vaccinated in the past for Rabies. I haven't for Tetanus, but that it is up to you. If you do decide to vaccinate and your horse has a reaction, it may require another farm call depending on how severe the reaction. I would call first talk to the vet, explain the situation and he/she can give you the best advice. Good luck!
     
    04-03-2012, 01:00 AM
  #9
Weanling
I have an 8 year old tb mare who had never been vaccinated (or handled for that matter) until I bought her about 5 months ago. I was also a bit concerned about the potential for a bad reaction and I talked with a vet on the phone for about 15 minutes prior to giving the vaccinations and they felt there shouldn't be any issue. I have my mare a 4-way with rhino then did the same one again about 4 weeks later. Repeating the vaccine was recommended to me by the vet, she said because it was the mares first time being vaccinated it needed to be done twice.
     

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