(Posting here rather than Horse Care because this forum gets more traffic.)
The "rabid horse bites owner" thread had me wondering.... what vaccines do your horses get? Answer assuming an average horse.... if you have multiple horses and one is different because of previous reactions or something, just answer for the "normal" horse.
I live in the swamps, so mine get vaccinated against the mosquito-borne things. This year for the first time in a decade, I boostered EEE, etc. after six months. My county had a dozen confirmed EEE cases this year! That's more than twice the number of any other county in the state.
And my grandfather was bitten by a rabid cow, so I believe in rabies vaccinations! Even more so after a young raccoon decided my horse Conjure was her new BFF for awhile this spring. She'd lope along beside him like a puppy dog once it started getting dark. She'd also curl up under my adirondack chair during the day and make disgruntled coon noises at anyone who passed. Luckily she made friends of her own species before too long and we haven't seen Miss Raquel since early summer.
I do rabies, EEE/WEE (I don't know if VEE is included), WNV, tetanus, flu/rhino (only because it's included in another vaccine--I wouldn't worry about it otherwise). PHF isn't an issue, though I'd do it if needed. I don't do strangles vaccines. I don't trust the efficacy and worry about complications if they get strangles after having been vaccinated.
About 4 years ago, I bought my first horse... my beloved crippled gelding that I paid $1 for in order to have a bill of sale. He was owned by the BO who doesn't do any vaccines except tetanus every few years. My first order of business after signing the bill of sale? Going to Tractor Supply to get a vaccine for him. Unfortunately the only thing they had was PHF, so that's what he got.
I do pretty much all on the list, plus Botulism. I do Potomac for one of my horses because it makes his former owner comfortable to know he has had that. Personally, I don't see that as that much risk, and I don't vaccinate my other horse (who is 24 and pretty much retired). And not a fan of the Strangles vaccine.
I also give Botulism. I was "strong-armed" to give Strangles to my younger mare though I knew she would have a reaction to it. She did. I hate that vaccine, especially since Strangles is not really a deadly disease in adult horses, and other vets have advised me not to give it. I swear I will move my mare next year if I have to.
My older mare is retired and I can't remember what she gets, but less than my younger mare. I trust the barn owner (a COTH-er) 100%.
Last edited by TemJeito; Sep. 8, 2013 at 09:10 AM.