I do. When I moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania in 1992 (!!), the new barn required it. Their vet had lost his horse to botulism, a horrible and expensive death (I can PM you his name, if you want.) Horses can get it from things other than round bales. I've moved barns a few times since then. At my current barn, I'm the only one currently vaccinating for it. I buy the booster online and give it myself.
Last edited by Discobold; Aug. 25, 2011 at 06:39 AM.
My last barn required it as they sometimes had round bales out in the wintertime. My mare did fine with the shots, but the vaccine only covers one form of botulism. I recently moved her, and I don't know if I will continue with it next year. Need to do some more research.
No I do not vaccinate and I feed round bales. The risk of an adult horses getting Type B is pretty low and it mainly effects youngsters..which is why the vaccine is generally given to broodmares to provide protection for the foal.
Yes, I vaccinate for it, and I do not feed round bales. I also think it is more important to vaccinate for depending on your location. When I lived in Michigan I never did, but once I moved to Kentucky I started vaccinating for it. Definitely more prevalent here.
I vaccinate for it. I did it originally because he was in a less than stellar environment as far as cleanliness goes and even though I've since moved him it's only a one shot a year booster and reasonably inexpensive so I continue with it.
And it would really be helpful of people to stop spreading the myth that they can only get it from round bales
Exactly Old myth from the 80's. We're in 2011. None of the horses I know (or know of) that got botulism were fed round bales.
Originally Posted by Daydream Believer
The risk of an adult horses getting Type B is pretty low and it mainly effects youngsters...
That's what the manager at my barn used to say before she went to a lecture at New Bolton. Before the lecture, I was the only one giving the vaccine. Now they're think about giving it to all the horses. None of the horses I know (or know of) that got botulism were youngsters.
It's "rare" but it's devastating. Right now the booster costs me around $25 a year and has no side effects.