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    03-12-2013, 06:50 AM
Thank you all for the input. Of course, I will talk to vet so I know he gets what is needed, but I have a better idea of what is usual.

Left hand, I did identify the Northeast in my original question for location, and frankly around here if I ask 3 horse people the same question, I get three different answers, vets don't even agree on vaccines to give. I don't think its wrong to ask experienced people on this forum about what they give so I have a baseline to help decide my horse's risk factors for where I am and innoculate accordingly. But thanks for the lecture, way to discourage someone trying to learn from ever asking any questions on here again.

A big thank you to everyone that did answer with information to help.
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    03-12-2013, 06:52 AM
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
When you give spring shots is dependent upon where you live and when the vectors that transmit the disease are most prevalent. What you need to administer is dependent upon where you live and the risk factors (showing, stabling, traveling...). What each of us on a forum does is hardly good advice for your horses not knowing their location and risk factors. Don't base what you need to do and when you need to do it by what others do.
Yes. Since many of the diseases are transmitted by flies/mosquitoes, we give spring shots in April, about a month before bug season starts. We have a closed herd, limited travel, and no showing so risks from other horses is very low. A yearly spring 6-way shot is all we use.
Talk to your vet about recommendations for your area and situation.
    03-12-2013, 02:45 PM
I do mine in April. I give:
    03-24-2013, 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by Northernstar    
Hi, Sunnylucy! I live in N MI - I give my mares a 4-way vaccine every May. *East Nile, West Nile, Influenza, and Tetanus. I have my two horses here at home, so a 4-way once each Spring is perfectly adequate. I think at particular boarding stables, however, giving this twice a year is required.
Northernstar - Most 4-way vaccines include, Eastern and Western encephalitides, (not East and West Nile), tetanus and influenza. Check the packaging or your vet bill. I just did not want you to think that your horses are protected against West Nile when they may not be.

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