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    04-03-2012, 12:31 PM
  #21
Green Broke
Well our boarding barn requires every horse has yearly vaccines. We get the 7-way no idea whats in it except west nile. I know that is in it. I also get rabies and the coggins. If your vet doesn't offer what you want just order it. You can order all vaccines except rabies online.
     
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    04-03-2012, 12:40 PM
  #22
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
While you're at it, get your Vet to teach you how to give an intermuscular shot. You will want to purchase a vial of Tetanus Antitoxin for each of your horses and keep it and a syringe to administer it, in your fridge. They are stamped with an expiration date, run abour $5/each and you need to keep your supply current. Should your horse get badly cut you can safely administer this and give immediate antibodies to his system against TETANUS. Tetanus is an odd duck bc the virus lives in a horse's blood and in the soil, but he cannot get the diesease unless he gets badly wounded. You can purchase it over the counter--they may ask for your signature at checkout--at any farm supply store. Jeffers Equine (Vet Supply) online sells them, too.
Tetanus Antitoxin
If you haven't had a tetanus shot yourself in more than 10 years OR cannot remember your last shot, get THAT for yourself, too.
Does this mean that horses cannot be vaccinated once every so many years like us?? My one horse was cut last fall and given tetanus but my other that I just got in the fall I do not know about. I was assuming that he could get one and be good for awhile???
Thanks in advance to everyone for their comments.
     
    04-03-2012, 12:42 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You need a coggins for more than just showing. If you plan to take her to any type of organized ride, go riding in a state park, or any place off your property, you'll need a coggins.

The only horse I have that doesn't get a coggins is my old, retired guy. He never leaves the property. The other 2 do, so I get a yearly coggins pulled on them.
Do you have to carry around proof that you did a coggins? I am new to actually owning my own horses and may want to go off property and really do not know any of this stuff.
     
    04-03-2012, 12:45 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Since you're new to this I recommend getting the Coggins. IF I take blood for Coggins in January (in IL), my Vet can get the papers to me in about 2-3 weeks. If I wait until now, or through the summer it takes MUCH longer bc of racehorses (who need theirs current every 3 months) and show horses (who often need 3-6 months current Negative Coggins.) The government, in a WISE moment (which we know are few and far between, **sigh**) has created this blood test to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contageous virus which is a form of AIDS, and it is incurable. If you receive a Negative result, the county will destroy your horse.
Fortunately the symptoms make your horse look sick, so not to fret.
Regarding Tetanus, if your Vet hasn't given your horse shots, he/she will give 2 tetanus: The first is Tetanus Antitoxin, with live antibodies, and the second is Tetanus Toxoid, a killed virus which encourages the horse to produce his antibodies. Both flush from your horse's system in about one year. They dovetail. The Antitoxins are about used up in 2 weeks, and your horse will have produced an adequate sufficiency of his own antibodies in about 2 weeks.
OOPs, disregard my other posts, this I think answered it all. Thanks!
     
    04-03-2012, 12:47 PM
  #25
Trained
When the two Tetanus shots are given the same day, the antibodies in the Antitoxin shot die off in about 2 weeks.
In about 2 weeks your horse will have produced enough antibodies to protect him against Tetanus for about the next year, more or less.
EVEN THEN, with the shot in the record, if your horse has a bad injury your Vet will probably give an Antitoxin booster while treating the injury, just to be safe. This is pretty routine practice.
Unlike some innoculations that require an initial shot and then, yearly boosters, you do NOT give a yearly booster of Tetanus. You give Tetanus Toxoid every year bc the horse's system has flushed itself of an adequate supply of Tetanus Antitoxins to provide basic tetanus protection. Yet it isn't necessary to give a Tetanus Antitoxin shot EVERY year.
MY Vet tries to give 3-in-one, 4-in-one, or 5-in-one shots--Tetanus, West Nile, Eastern/Western Encepholytis (sleeping sickness), Flu and/or Rhino--there are MANY combinations. Your Vet will be current on those that are most prolific in any given year. My Vet does this bc she prefers to not make your horse a "pincushion" with too many pricks of the needle on the same day. Hope this explains it. =D
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    04-03-2012, 12:57 PM
  #26
Trained
Every horse on my place gets: West Nile Virus, Tetanus, Rabies, WEE, EEE, VEE (we're down south so I've always given it, but up north you may not want to), Flu, Rhino and Strangles (IN not IM). My personal feeling is, vaccinations are cheap insurance, they won't guarantee a horse doesn't get the disease but generally they will get a much milder case of the disease and recover quicker. If your horse leaves the property and returns to it, if you're not going to quarantine him from other horses each and every time, then better to vaccinate.

I'm fine with doing a blood titer for various vaccines to see if they need a vaccination, if you don't want to just routinely vaccinate each year. I have a friend who trail rides a lot and that's how she does her horses. They all seem to do just fine with that routine. I have too many horses on my property to be able to efficiently do that, so mine just get vaccinated 30 days before the first mare is due to foal.

OOOPS, forgot to address the coggins issue. I pull Coggins on every horse, every year. It's the law in this state and at the places I ride, they require you to have proof ON you of a negative Coggins or they will send you home.
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    04-03-2012, 01:42 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Since you're new to this I recommend getting the Coggins. IF I take blood for Coggins in January (in IL), my Vet can get the papers to me in about 2-3 weeks. If I wait until now, or through the summer it takes MUCH longer bc of racehorses (who need theirs current every 3 months) and show horses (who often need 3-6 months current Negative Coggins.) The government, in a WISE moment (which we know are few and far between, **sigh**) has created this blood test to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contageous virus which is a form of AIDS, and it is incurable. If you receive a Negative result, the county will destroy your horse.
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Per what I bolded and enlarged. You mean if a horse comes back positive. You WANT a negative coggins.
     
    04-03-2012, 01:56 PM
  #28
Trained
Sorry..fingers slipped. NEGATIVE, GOOD...POSITIVE, BAD (in Tarzan speak)
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    04-03-2012, 09:23 PM
  #29
Foal
I have heard that strangles is given only if a horse is boarded with a lot of other horses. Also, can you order online if you are not a vet?

Thank you EVERYBODY for all your responses, questions and input. This is a great topic!
     
    04-03-2012, 09:28 PM
  #30
Green Broke
Well someone from our barn ordered all the vaccines for us and he's not a vet. I don't do strangles so I don't know about that. But you can order anything online unless law states who must give it like rabies
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