Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Potomac Horse Fever is a very real threat, depending on where you're located. When I lived in southern Maryland, my horses got the vaccine every year.
Your local vet will know whether or not your horse is at risk, and will advise you.
Yes, it's an optional vaccine, but if you're in an area where PHF is known to occur, better safe than sorry.
I don't know who told you that a horse is more likely to contract PHF if they've had the vaccine, because that's backwards. An unvaccinated horse is more likely to get it than one who hasn't, because the one who did get it has developed antibodies to fight it. That's the premise behind every vaccine, including the ones given to humans.
The old barn manager did, and I know little to nothing about it so I just kind of accepted the tidbit of advice and didn't really read up on it
I am definitely going to talk with my vet about it, I was just curious on what people's experience is with it. I wouldn't base my decision off of solely what I read here.
We skipped the shots this fall since he got them prior to shipping. I haven't even met the vet yet, but I'm planning on doing some maintenance stuff (sheath cleaning, stool analysis, teeth check) in January so I can ask about it then.
Thank you for the quick response :)