Originally Posted by DubyaS6
First of all, I could NEVER administer a shot on an animal. I just couldn't do it. Not because I am queasy over needles or anything, but because when I was 12 I saw a horse die within SECONDS of an owner administering their horse a shot incorrectly.
Penicillin directly into the vein. Dead.
IV penicillin will not kill a horse in the manner you describe. (The Pen G you can buy over the counter is not for IV use though). What you likely saw was someone who gave an injection into the *artery* which will almost instantly kill a horse.
It is very easy to tell if you have put a needle into an artery because of the force that blood shoots out with. Living where Vets are scarce and emergency medicine is almost non-existent, I think it is very important to be able to properly give all forms of injections. I don't think boarders should be required to know how, but all barn owners certainly should.
Anyway, moving on with the topic, I do my own vaccinations. I do a Tet/EHV1&4/Flu/EEE/VEE/WEE combo, West Nile and strangles (IN). This costs me about $60 a horse. I don't do rabies partially because I can't buy it, and mostly because our horses' living situation makes it extremely unlikely that they will come into contact with a possible carrier.
The vet comes out to do all coggins & other blood work at the same time and that costs me $30 a horse. I have a separate Vet/ equine dental specialist that drives here once a year. For dental work and a nasal-lacrimal flush it is about $100 a horse, but a little more for my stud because stallions require a different combo of sedatives.