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    12-07-2011, 06:07 PM
Vaccination question.

So, my family and I may or may not go to AZ for Christmas break to visit my grandma. Since my horse lives on my property, I would have no one to take care of him while I'm gone. It feels like too much to ask for a neighbor to come feed him. BUT I have a friend who owns a boarding barn, and I may take him there. Problem is, I don't know if he's had his shots... I just got him this summer.(bought him from a DIY kinda guy..) My mom called his old vet office, and they had no records of him getting shots last spring. There is a possibility that his old owner gave him his shots himself. But, would it be ok if he went to the boarding barn if he DIDN'T get his shots last spring? Or would it hurt him if he DID get shots last spring, and then got them again now?
Thanks for all advice.
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    12-07-2011, 06:24 PM
I'd be more worried about him getting something from the barn horses than him giving something to them, provided he is healthy. Maybe that is your concern?
Most diseases are bug related though some like the rhino/flu or not. If those horses are all up to date they probably don't have anything to pass on to your horse. However there could be something in the barn that is not causing problems because the horses there are vaccinated but could effect your horse.
I'd get him his shots, better safe than sorry.
Can you ask the previous owner what he did or did not do? That would be the easiest way to guide you to a decision.
    12-07-2011, 07:09 PM
Yes that is exactly my concern!! He IS healthy, but with horses, you never know... Yeah, I totally forgot I had his old owners phone #. Like I said, I'm not positive I'm going to AZ, but if I do, I will be calling him! Thank's for reminding me! (:
    12-07-2011, 07:25 PM
Green Broke
No records means no shots, it actually would be irresponsible for the barn to even allow your horse on the property.
Sorry if this offends you but is irresponsible and potentially dangerous on your part as well, Rabies isnt a joke.
    12-07-2011, 07:31 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
no records means no shots, it actually would be irresponsible for the barn to even allow your horse on the property.
Sorry if this offends you but is irresponsible and potentially dangerous on your part as well, Rabies isnt a joke.
yeah there's that too.
    12-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
no records means no shots, it actually would be irresponsible for the barn to even allow your horse on the property.
Sorry if this offends you but is irresponsible and potentially dangerous on your part as well, Rabies isnt a joke.
yes, I know.....But actually, some owners give their horses the shots themselves. Which I think is a possibility because his old owner was such a DIY kind of person...But my main question is: Would it hurt my horse if he got the same shots twice in a 12 month period?
    12-07-2011, 09:05 PM
The vet office should have records of purchased vaccine, but I don't know if your state sells that without required paperwork. Here I can buy it from the vet, but I have to have a horse on their records that the vet has seen before.
    12-07-2011, 09:10 PM
Ok. I'm not sure if they keep record of that here, because the lady that we talked to, said it was a possibility, but she didn't know, and she was looking at Joker's records right then. I'll just give his old owner a call and see if he did. Thanks for the answers everyone! (I'm not responding to this post anymore because someone reminded me I had his old owners phone #, and I'm just going to call his old owner and see. So you don't have to bother posting anymore.)
    12-07-2011, 10:12 PM
Green Broke
Thats a question I would ask your vet.
    12-07-2011, 10:47 PM
At this point, it won't matter much because he really won't have enough time to build a full immune response generated by the vaccines. In order to be most effective, they have to be given at proper intervals and boostered. It is not ideal to give all shots at once for a few reasons. Certain illnesses are better grouped together for maximum response (like strains of EHV or types of encephalomyelitis) others are fine in conjunction with multiple types (like a 5 or 7 way) you don't want to give a modified live vaccine at the same time as a killed type. Other vaccines can stimulate a stronger response when given after a horse has developed immunity to a similar type of illness. For instance, there has been some discussion that West Nile vaccine has a stronger and more lasting response when given 10-14 days after EEE/WEE/VEE. So I have always done my WNV after a multi-way for that reason and because I use a modified live. Basically, the only reason vets will give multiple shots is really owner convenience.

I would say as long as you have a negative coggins (Heath if required, although it's a pretty worthless piece of paper) and your horse appears healthy and can stay separate from the other boarders horses, he should be fine.

Personally, I don't care if other people's horses have a vaccination record because the record really doesn't indicate whether the vaccines were given properly or if the horse has built up any immunity. All I can do is vaccinate mine. I vaccinate my entire herd as if they travel and I have them grouped according to risk as best I can. This way the show horses are less likely to get an on-farm horse sick. I also am a germ-nazi when travelling and practice as much bio-security as I possibly can.

For your short term situation, I would avoid exposure to a horse who travels a bunch; looks unhealthy in some way; and/or is exposed to high risk horses. This is why boarding situations without adequate separation/quarantine are not ideal places.
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