I can't decide if I should have the vet give my horse the Strangles Vaccine when he comes out to give Cody his other shots. It has been sugested that I should give it to him because there were a few outbreaks last year. We have 1 horse at our barn that goes off site to show, and she will have the vaccine. Cody and I wont be going off site with other horses (horses not from our barn) for another year. I talked to my riding instructor about it. She says that she doesn't give the Strangles vaccine to any of her horses, and not all of her boarders get it. She takes the show teams to shows off site threw out the intire summer, and none of her horses have come of with Strangles. I know that doesn't mean Cody wont get it though.
But I have talked to a vet, my riding instructor, the owner of my barn, and another boarder at there barn. I'v always been doing reasearch on it and so far I don't really want to give it to him. I feel the cons out weigh the pro's.
Since its a live vaccine, it has the chance of giving him Strangles instead of protecting him from it. And it also has the chance that it will turn on him and attack his imune system. He can also give them a fever and a runny nose etc....
But I know that its easier for Younger Horses to get Strangles, Cody is 6 years old, and has never been vacinated for Strangles before.
Whats your opinion on the vaccination?