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  • WhenDustSettles Original Poster WhenDustSettles
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    I recently overheard a girl at the feed store telling her friend that she doesn’t vaccinate her horses because there are risky side effects. Has anyone else heard this? Are there a lot of people skipping vaccines out there? Isn’t that dangerous? I’ve always had my barn managers and vets take care of the vaccines, so I’ve never even thought about whether to do it or not. Now I’m wondering if I’m messing up…

    pheets pheets
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    There is ever-increasing controversy as to the necessity and efficacy of yearly or bi-annual vaccinations. I do “spring shots” every year with a back up in fall if needed (EEE is becoming a watch issue, here in New England at least).The show circuit requires much more than the once a year thing, understandably.

    There MIGHT be side effects, isolated and so far, manageable, but that is the risk of anything we infuse/inject/ingest. I might go so far as to offer that the side effects are not as detrimental as the diseseas we vaccinate against. Delivery of vaccines, quality of vaccines, lifestyles and the environmental influences can all be considered in whether to vaccinate or not.

    I know, around here, there is a very low incidence of Rabies, 1 in 10K(don’t quote me) horses might succumb but 10K or 100K, I don’t want mine to be The One. Yearly vacs seem to be becoming a personal thing for many, I am not sure there is a right or wrong answer any more. Do what is right for your horses and where they live, what they are exposed to, what they do for a living and where, talk to your vet and smile/nod at the rest : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    stockshowkid’97 stockshowkid'97
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    I don’t get any vaccinations for Jennie, except her coggens test every year. I also don’t show, she’s just my back yard pony so she’s not around any other horses. So I really don’t see the need to vaccinate. Except a few years ago there was a bad outbreak of WNV in Texas and I was thinking about getting her vaccinated for it, but it never came to where I was. But if I did show her a lot, I maybe would look into vaccinating her. But other than that I don’t vaccinate and I’m kind of scared of the side effects some can give…

    ~If you come at it having only 15 minuets it will take all day... If you come at it having all day it will take you 15 minuets~

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    we do spring shots, a 3 way and west nile for all 3 of our boys. In the fall I will do just my older gelding, since that was recommended by the vet, since the older they get the weaker their immune system gets(so he says). And of course our twice a year worming.
    I’ve asked about the side effects and it’s pretty rare. Most horses just get a little sore in the injection area, can get a little depressed, and/or lose their appetite for a few days.
    My one gelding will get sore in his injection site, but other then that I haven’t had anyone have any side effects and I’ve never seen a horse react to a vaccination either.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    gina_pasquini
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    I vaccinate my pasture horses, that don’t come into contact with any others, with only Tetanus and West Nile, because it’s very prevalent in our area. For my show boys, once a year I’ll go into the vet’s office, and ask for their vaccinations. They know what is being passed around and I trust their knowledge on this subject, so that our show season is worry free. I don’t vaccinate more than once a year. I have a fecal test done on all my horses every 6 months. This saves a lot of money in the long run, and I only have to worm when necessary.

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