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post #1 of 14 Old 02-19-2011, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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What to vaccinate for?

Hello, I have 3 pleasure horses, our vet recently retired and the cheapest vet I have found wants 250 a horse just to come do shots, I have given plenty of shots (medic and in med school) what do you guys vaccinate for?! I live in Ohio if that matters!)
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-19-2011, 11:59 AM
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I'd give a basic three-way [EEE, WEE, tet] than wait a week and give Rhino, Influenza, and West Nile. If rabies is a problem in your area, you'll need a vet out to give that. And if they come into contact with lots of other horses, I'd give a strangles.

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Ouch, that is pricey.

I usually get what my vet tells me. I get the list and go to TSC or my local tack store and get the shots and give them myself. Rabies of course you need a licenced vet to give those other then that I would just give them the normal shots. EEE and WEE(eastern/western equine encephalitis,) west nile, flu/rhino, and tetanus.

Its good just to have the vet out to eval the horses to check the teeth and see the overall condition.
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Just rabies because it's the law were we are.
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I vaccinate for everything except the botulism, but I take them for lessons and going to show. IF you horse doesn't meet other horses (meaning no trail rides in big company, no shows, no lessons in other barns) then I'd personally go for rabbies, tetanus, Eastern and western encephalomyelitis, and West Nile (although this one is pretty rare). Funny enough I just discussed it with my vet yesterday: what would be a must if no interaction with other horses. BTW, I'm not sure about Ohio but in MD you can't give rabbies yourself (the only vaccine you can't), but say in PA you can.

Edit: you can get 5-way vaccine, which also includes Rhino/Flu. That would be my pick all together.
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ok, ya 250 is stupid when the shots are 25 buck at the most, any brand better and best place to get them?
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ok, ya 250 is stupid when the shots are 25 buck at the most, any brand better and best place to get them?
valleyvet.com that's where I got mine several years back when I was given shots myself. Their service is hard to beat too. BTW, be ready that you may have to pay for next-day delivery when you order shots (I believe it's pretty much a case for any store selling them on-line).
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Be careful of 5-ways, a lot of horses will have a reaction to them. Mine did. That's a lot of vaccine at once.

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There were a few years that I didn't show or lesson. Then I did just rabies and coggins (in case I went somewhere). Now that I show everyone in the barn gets everything, including Botulism (I feed round bales). I agree, the vet fees are high, my farm call alone is $75 but since I have an older horse and a mare that suffered severe trauma years ago I like to get that exam. If you feel ok without the exam then do your research on what issues are in your area.

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post #10 of 14 Old 02-19-2011, 05:28 PM
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Are your horses boarded or on your own land? I just bought my gelding in september and when the vet came out I had him get every vaccine known to man because we get a lot of horses in for sale. I know if your a certain distance from the potomoic river its reccomended to get that vaccine..not sure if it applies to you. If the vet reccomended it we got it. But it was only 150 for I think 7 vaccines and coggins. 250 sounds like no fun.
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