I don't remember which one you got this mare from, but I am not pleased that someone would buy/resell without doing vaccines!! Very... unscrupulous!
But they did brand..weird!
Yeah I wouldn't vaccinate for strangles as routine, especially if it was floating around!
Around here it's Rabies EEE/WEE/West Nile (mosquito diseases) and Tetanus. Flu/Rhino is recommended for traveling horses and required for showing. The "optional" ones are Strangles, Potomac, Lepto. Lepto is very new. Most barns do the first plus Strangles.
Standard vaccines here are Influenza, Rhino, Tetanus, EEE, Rabies and Strangles is often required for shows or even at lesson barns if you get trailered in. They also require a Coggins test even though there has never been a single recorded case in our province. I had her tested for it too, just in case.
The mare was bought in Manitoba in early May by someone who has a ranch out there and buys horses with the intent to resell them in the east. As most of you have heard me say before, we don't have a lot of really well broke horses in this part of the country, so he trailers a load of them every couple of months to his daughter, who lives about 2.5 hours from me and has her own small ranch. Then she re-sells them. They make quite a tidy profit doing this, but are very professional and actually, quite pleasant to deal with (and I met a few horse traders that were rather unsavory in the last few weeks). They seemed like nice people and their horses are in good condition. They really do have well-trained horses, which they sell for a pretty high dollar.
I also tracked down the previous owner in Manitoba who was very interested in how Kodak was doing, so seemed to genuinely care about her well-being (asked me for pictures of her in her new surroundings, how she was adapting, asked for updates, etc.). But he just told me he doesn't vaccinate. Period. No idea why.
My concern is that this horse has lived in a few ranches, has traveled almost the whole length of our country, and could have been exposed to anything. So while I can understand that some people choose not to vaccinate their horses, I felt she should have a full round of vaccinations, not just to protect her, but also to protect Harley and every other horse he will be in contact with during show season.
As for Strangles, I've heard the good, the bad, and the ugly, but given that there have been outbreaks not that far from here, I am going to trust my vet and give it to her, at least this time. I may or may not make it an annual thing.