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post #21 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 12:54 PM
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Thanks for that tip, AB!
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 12:59 PM
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I do most of my own Doctoring, all my own vaccines and my horses teeth are don by a dentist. So the only thing I use a vet for regularly are for their coggins every year. Now... if my horses needed to go to the vet... I would have no problem taking any of them there. I just am not gonna pay $100 dollars to get vaccines when I can do them for oh... about $45. And in Florida you can buy rabies vaccines. However... they are not recognized unless done by a vet. But horses are not required to have a rabies shot. So I do my own rabies in my horses as well.

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post #23 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 07:48 PM
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I think the difference comes from the fact that I am pretty sure all of the posters on the first page are Australian and rabies vaccinations aren't required here.
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post #24 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 08:10 PM
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Yep HowClever, obviously I'm an Aussie too as are most on the first that I noted.
We don't have much to vaccinate for here, the usual tetanus/stranges is the biggest one. We had one outbreak of horse flu a few years ago thanks to an imported TB coming in with it. However it was wiped out quite quickly and so far we are not required to vaccinate for it. No rabies here either.
All vaccines required in Australia can be administered by the horse owner.
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post #25 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 08:49 PM
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Always: I see. You cannot buy it in Washington. But for the most part, it's not even a vaccine the average vet will recommend. It's just not a problem around here.

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post #26 of 26 Old 04-22-2011, 08:53 PM
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There will be some that disagree with this, but I think that horses are one of the most over-vaccinated creatures on this planet. I don't own my own horse yet, but when I do I plan on only giving him/her the minimum that I feel is necessary, such as tetanus, rabies, and possibly mosquito-born illnesses if it's an issue in my area. Some vaccinations are a little risky still, or don't ensure that the horse won't still get sick. There are so many horses at my internship that were stuck with tons of different vaccines in the same day, and I just wonder how good that is for their immune system. Talk about overload!

But besides that, a yearly vet visit is probably a good thing to do. Vets are trained to catch the little things, and its the little things that turn into big, expensive things later on! I have heard that some horses don't need yearly teeth exams though, if they are on a free-choice diet or in a grazing situation, the wear and tear can keep them from needing attention. The only true way to tell is to have them examined though, which is really the point lol.
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