Should I Vaccinate My Foal?
Last weekend I hauled my 6 month old filly, and her mom up to a vaccination clinic so I could get the filly coggins tested. I'm using her as a 4-h Training Project so that is the only reason why. I totally spaced out on considering getting shots done.
We never vaccinate our horses. The only reason we have ever taken our horses to the vet is if they needed coggins, teeth done, or ultrasounded. In the past 8 years none of our horses have been injured or sick.
This whole summer the only times she will leave the property are for the fair (4 days), and 2-3 4-h Training practices. My show horse might be pastured with her, but she might not. We aren't sure yet.
I don't really know what a 6 month old filly can get? She is huge for her age. The vet who pulled coggins on her said she is to big for her age and suggested I put her on a joint supplement so her bones grow right.
What shots could she possibly get?
Which ones does she ACTUALLY need?
Are there any we can buy from the farm store/vet and give her on our own?
We haven't had any breakouts in decades but that doesn't mean it can't happen. They are pretty strict about sick horses at the fair and shows.
Most people, all they get is a 5-way shot.