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    10-03-2009, 01:09 PM
Are horses over vaccinated?

Since fall shots are due, it got me thinking about the whole vaccination thing.
Horses are vaccinated twice a year (fall and spring) with a variety of vaccines.
A lot of the vaccines that I've seen have said to, after the inital shot and the booster, to give it annually. No where does it say bi-annually.

Look at dogs and cats, they are given shots and then every year after that are given them again. You don't have to bring them in 2x a year.

Are vaccinating them twice a year really necessary? I can understand if you travel and/or show alot, but for the backyard horses is it really necessary?

How often do you vaccinate?

I would love to just vaccinate 1 time year, but I don't want to risk them getting something.
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    10-03-2009, 01:19 PM
We vaccinate once a year. I've not heard of a twice a year regiment. Maybe because you board your horses?
When the fillies were baby's we did a booster series of shots but that was the only time.
    10-03-2009, 01:27 PM
We vaccinate all of our horses just once a year, even my active barrel horses and traveling trail horses.
    10-03-2009, 01:49 PM
Do you vaccinate in the fall or spring?

I was always told by my vet that they should get vaccinated in the fall and spring. In the fall my vet did them, but in the spring I did the shots myself and plan on doing them again since it saves quite a bit of money.
Has my vet been saying that to get more money out of us??
    10-03-2009, 01:58 PM
In the spring. They get rabies, West Nile, rhino virus combo,tetanus, Encephalomyelitis (sp?) and the mares get their coggins every year since we cross borders with them.
We have split the vaccines up over a couple of weeks when I had a filly who reacted to too many at once. None that I have now have any problems so they get them all at once.
    10-03-2009, 02:56 PM
Im really glad I came across this thread, I also have fall shots due and I keep my horse at a friends house with only 1 other horse and they have seperate paddocks and their stalls don't touch (theres a mini hay room between them) so im wondering if its necessary to get him shots this fall since he had them in the spring
    10-03-2009, 03:05 PM
I give my own shots to Toby. He gets the WNV, tetanus and the various other mosquito borne diseases in the spring. He gets rabie in the fall.

The lady who keeps Toby for me doesn't vaccinate at all.
    10-03-2009, 03:07 PM
All my horses get vaccinated twice...just the habit my horse-owning parents got me into. I have had no problems with vaccinating my horses twice and never was told either way that you could only do it once a year.

I board my horses, and they require both spring and fall shots so either way I'm doing it twice until I buy my own property
    10-03-2009, 03:27 PM
I'm curious now... I wonder if its split up so there is no risk of reaction. As stated above I did have one filly have a bad reaction getting them all at once. We only split hers up by a couple of weeks though. Hmmmm
    10-03-2009, 05:22 PM
I had an older horse, sadly passed away 3 years ago, that had very bad reactions to different shots...and just shots in general if given multiple shots. I had to separate each shot. For him I did the shots myself as it was too much to have the vet out about every month for a new shot :)

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