Horse Vaccinations

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Husbandry topics are items that help the horse owner manage the horses in their care. There are a lot more topics to add, but these will get you started with the basics.
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This post has 3 videos discussing horse vaccinations divided into:

  1. Open versus closed herds
  2. Diseases that kill horses versus diseases that just make them sick
  3. How often to vaccinate, what combinations, when to vaccinate, and injection reactions.[divider_line]

Horse Vaccinations Video #1 of 3 – Open v Closed Herds

This first video discusses the simple concept of an open herd versus a closed herd as the basis from which you can develop an efficient and effective program for vaccinating your horses. If your horses never associate with other horses, then it is considered a closed herd. If your horses associate with other horses from different farms, then it is an open herd.



Video #2 of 3 – Diseases That Kill versus Make Sick

The diseases that can kill your horse include tetanus, rabies, and the encephalidities (EEE, WEE, VEE, and West Nile Virus).

The diseases that will make your horse sick are[private] strangles, influenza, equine herpes virus (rhino), and Potomac Horse Fever. These diseases can kill some horses but usually with good veterinary and nursing care, these affected horses will recover.

There are other diseases you can vaccinate for including anthrax, equine viral arteritis, botulism, and equine protozoal myelitis (EPM) but these are specialty vaccines which you will need to discuss with your local veterinarian.


Video #3 of 3 – How Often, Combinations, When, and Injection Reactions

These most frequently asked questions are addressed here. Here are the basic take away messages from the video:

  • The more severe the disease, the better protection the vaccine gives and the less frequently it needs to be given.
  • These are potent medications which muster the defenses of the horse in preparation for an all out attack of the disease.
  • Combining many diseases in one site (one syringe) or on one day (9 vaccinations in one day) is NOT in the best interest of the horse and may cause him to be overwhelmed and feverish.
  • The primary cause of vaccine injection reactions is from injecting an unshaken and fully suspended vaccine. Fully suspend the vaccine by shaking the vial or syringe until all the sediment is suspended.



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This post has 3 videos discussing horse vaccinations divided into:

  1. Open versus closed herds
  2. Diseases that kill horses versus diseases that just make them sick
  3. How often to vaccinate, what combinations, when to vaccinate, and injection reactions.[divider_line]
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