Vaccine questions--risk when others don't vaccinate
My daughter's QH and he Paint I lease get their 5 way and strangles each year. Several people at our barn do not vaccinate their horses. We were on a trailride/campout this weekend and a couple of the girls freaked out because their horses ate a little bit of grass at the campsite. "What if some sick horse ate here last?"
I asked them if their horses had shots and they said "No". My response was "Well, if they'd had their shots, you wouldn't be freaking out about this," and walked away. Then I started thinking about this, since there are about 5 others that don't vaccinate their horses at our barn. What risks are their to my horses because of their choice to not vaccinate? I guess if they never left the barn it wouldn't be such a big deal, but now they're all trailriding and hauling in and out. Is it something that I should be worrying about at all? I guess it frustrates me because I spend the money to vaccinate my horses to protect their horses since mine come and go so often, isn't it a courtesy to do the same?
Maybe it was more of a vent than questions, but really, are my horses at risk at all because their horses aren't vaccinated?