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Old 10-18-2011, 10:17 AM  
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Fall shots ?

Hi is it necessary to give fall shots? I don't remember my horse getting them last year... My horse is a healthy 7 yr old gelding
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:33 AM  
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I believe it is. I always get spring and fall shots. Might want to call your vet and ask to be sure though!
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:28 AM  
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My horses get spring and fall shots - I do think it's necessary. I agree with akustelga - discuss the issue with your Vet. You just never know....I always like to err on the side of caution! We had West Nile in our area late this past summer.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:58 AM  
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Yep, talk to your vet. My horses always get spring and fall shots. In fact, they are getting their fall shots this Friday, lucky girls!
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:08 PM  
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Yup. Spring: West Nile, flu/rhino, EWEE, tetanus.
Fall: flu/rhino, rabies.

Mine are also healthy - partly cuz they get their shots. Small price to pay for prevention. Really big bill if they get sick with any of those diseases.

I have one who is sensitive and will run a fever and go off feed. We pretreat with Banamine several hours before and then a dose 12 hours later. He does great that way. Again - small price to pay for prevention.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:36 PM  
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I am sure there are pro/con and you should talk to your Vet but I only give Spring and I give the Rabies in the Spring Shots.

I also have my horses home Boarded and not in a large Commercial or Public Barn.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:40 PM  
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i don't give shots based on the season, but rather on the immunization history, risk ,whether horse is pregnant or being hauled and length of immunity form any shots that were given
Can't speak for the rabies protecol, as we don't routinely vaccinate our horses in Alberta against rabies
Our bugs are dead in the winter, so don't vaccinate against bug born diseases in the fall
When I had in foal mares, I gave Rhino shots at 5, 7 and 9 months. I don't give flu shots except to show horses during show season. You have to give them every three months at least for protection
My main herd just developes immunity, as that is a better long term lasting immunity and horses don't die from flu-just might miss some show schedual
If I were to send a horse out for training, then they would get flu and strangles
Foals used to get their booster 3 way in the fall, after weaning
Mares got boosters a month before foaling
If ahorse got a puncture would, they got a tetanus booster
You have to give shots depending on risk, and what you do with that horse, and not just some arbitary spring and fall scheduale
Unless you plan on giving Rhino shots every three months, that one fall shot is prety much useless,ditto for flu
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:51 PM  
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Or I could have said it like Smilie!
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:06 PM  
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I only give spring shots, but I have my own place. I also give rabies in the spring. The shows I go to are pretty local and all outside. However, I am a freak about letting anyone borrow my tack. Under no circumstances do I share buckets or bits at any show. I do keep extra buckets for "borrows", but anything that comes in contact with my horses mouth/nose area is off limits.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:08 PM  
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Only do spring shots here also. (Unless it's a foal or preg mare...then as needed)

My logic is the same as others, ain't no skeeter stinging when the world is frozen... My herd is also closed and we don't travel in the cold months.

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:13 PM  
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I only do spring shots and I've always only done spring shots. Both horses are healthy and have never had a vaccine preventable illness while under my ownership.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:01 PM  
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I've only done spring shots as well....but it seems like more and more people I talk to do spring and fall.
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:01 AM  
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I've never heard of shots twice a year.

They get a yearly exam and shots.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:23 AM  
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thanks everyone! My vet doesn't think my boy needs fall shots so i am going with his decision. he knows my barn and doesn't think fall shots are needed.

I feel better about that now
I do have to get my flu shot though...mandatory
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