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What shots do your horses get for in the spring?

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        02-23-2010, 06:30 AM
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    Somewhere I used to have a document with three different vaccine schedules for three different situations

    - one for "closed herd" horses; horses that never leave the farm and never or rarely come into contact with other horses. (4-way, rabies, West Nile)

    - one for horses that travel locally and have light exposure to other local horses. Mine fit in to this category now - I have friends haul over to ride with me; and I haul out to ride a variety of places - county wildlife refuge, etc. and my daughter's pony goes to camp with her in the summer. (4-way, rabies, WNV, coggins test, rhino, PHF - I live close enough to the Potomac that it's recommended.)

    - one for horses that travel extensively and have contact with horses from outside the locality, ie, any horse with a heavy competition schedule. (These are the horses that get rhino and flu 1 - 4X per year; I'm out of touch of what else is currently recommended for horses with high exposure)

    So which category of contact/exposure that you fall into is one of the things you need to take into consideration when you talk to your vet and plan your vaccinations.
         
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        02-23-2010, 09:04 AM
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    Originally Posted by skittle1120    
    Yes, Ryle, thank you.... it is terrible that the vet told me when I asked about shots for my girls that "its up to you, whatever you want to give them"....

    There's only 2 large animal vets in the area, and that came from the better of the 2....
    One has to assume they thought you had some basic vaccine knowledge. Or else you need to hire a different vet.
         
        02-23-2010, 11:06 AM
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    Originally Posted by skittle1120    
    Yes, Ryle, thank you.... it is terrible that the vet told me when I asked about shots for my girls that "its up to you, whatever you want to give them"....

    There's only 2 large animal vets in the area, and that came from the better of the 2....
    As someone else said, then you need to get another vet. Even if it means travelling outside your regular area because if they care that little about providing preventative care against deadly diseases that have consequences for both horses and humans that can be handled at their ease and not in nasty circumstance---even by just TALKING to the owner, then imagine how much less assistance you are likely to get when it would require that they get out in bad weather or non-office hours to treat those diseases or other serious conditions.
         

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