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.