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Like another poster said, it's not really common for a horse to be killed by the actual bite. Most of the time, they are bit on the nose and what kills them is the swelling because it swells their nostrils closed and they suffocate.

In all the years we've lived in Texas (smack dab in the middle of rattler country), we've had a lot of horses get bitten...only one died. She got bit on her neck, where it meets her jaw, right there close to that large vein. She didn't recover in spite of everything the vet did to save her.

All that said, I had never heard of a vaccine for bites so I don't know if it would be any help or not. I guess the thing you need to do is ask yourself if the cost, questionable efficiency (all vaccines are questionable), and possible side effects are worth it to try it out.
 

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Smrobs, what did the vet do for the bitten horses?

On a horse that has been bitten on the nose, what we do is take those syringe cases with the end cut off or some short pieces of large diameter water hose and put those in the nostrils so that as they swell shut, they close around the obstruction and they are able to breath through the hose or syringe cases. Then, as the swelling goes down, the tubes will fall out on their own. In addition to that, they are usually given bute and sometimes an antibiotic. 99% of ours are treated after the fact because, with them being turned out to pasture, we don't usually know they've been bitten until they show up with a swollen face.

I'm going to talk to mine about it, just curious what yours did to compare notes.
I am unsure how the vet treated the mare that was bitten on the neck, that was about 2.5 years ago and I was living in Amarillo at the time so Dad dealt with that situation.
 
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