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    09-23-2009, 02:24 PM
Horse shots

I recently purchased 3 horses and was wondering what vaccines are now required for most horses? When I had horses years ago in Colorado all we only gave was the 4 way shot once a year. I live in VA and the local vet named about 9 shots she insisted they must have yearly. That sounds like a lot of shots for horses that rarely if ever leave home. What do you give your horses?

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    09-23-2009, 03:01 PM
I live in Quebec and my horse had...I think it was five way plus three and a coggins test. The shots he got were:

I don't even know what half those things are.
    09-23-2009, 03:11 PM
LOL - I'm not sure what most of those are either but it sounds about what my vet told me. What happened to the good ol days when one shot would suffice? Sure glad I'm not a horse. I just had my flu shot and that was bad enough
    09-23-2009, 04:17 PM
My vet is pretty meat and potatoes, we do West Nile and Rabies only.
    09-23-2009, 04:22 PM
We do a 4 way only. We don't vaccinate for flu either.We do west nile if the ministry has had birds reported in the area, but otherwise, that's it!
    09-23-2009, 04:49 PM
In april I get Andy the:
West nile
Strangles (strep equi)

Then in september he gets:
West nile
    09-23-2009, 06:30 PM
My girls get a 4-way and rabies.
But with horses dying here in Maine I will definitely vacinate for EEE next year
Two more horses die from EEE in Maine

Submitted by The Associated Press on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 12:52
AUGUSTA -- Two more horses in Maine have been confirmed with eastern equine encephalitis, bringing the tally to five. There are another two suspected cases in horses, as well.
So far, no humans have been infected with the potentially fatal brain infection in Maine, but health officials are warning residents to be vigilant in avoiding mosquito bites.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is especially concerned about the geographic scope of the outbreak.
Last month, three horses were identified with EEE, two in Waldo County and one in Penobscot County.
The two horses confirmed this week were in Cumberland and Waldo counties. Two more cases involving horses in the Waldo County town of Unity and the York County town of Berwick are suspicious
    09-23-2009, 08:40 PM
Here in NC, we've always done the 5 or 6 way (including tetanus) shot in the spring only, and rabies one a year, no West Nile, no strangles. Depending on what part of VA you are in, you may want Potomac fever.
    09-24-2009, 08:22 AM
Since I am new to the area and don't know too many horse people yet I guess I'll get all the recomended shots this year then see what others suggest for next year.
Thanks Everyone!!
    09-24-2009, 06:05 PM
You are close to me! I'm near Marshall, VA.

What vet are you using? I know Blue Ridge's vet will list everything you need.. they're super nice.

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