Horse farm and stable owners usually have multiple horses they either own or are responsible for. Ensuring that all of your horses are vaccinated properly is a critical part of good horse husbandry.
A series of articles by Dr. Nancy Loving can help you learn more about the core vaccines that all horses should have and the risk-based vaccines that your horses might need. Check out these articles.
Core Vaccines All Horses Need We are fortunate in the horse world to have a plethora of effective vaccines to protect our horses against infectious diseases.
Core Equine Vaccines: Rabies Rabies in horses is 100% fatal, and humans can be exposed to the disease through positive horses.
Equine Core Vaccine: Tetanus If a horse gets a wound—especially a puncture wound—be sure to check its tetanus vaccination status and boost if necessary.
Core Equine Vaccines for EEE and WEE The two main equine encephalitis viruses in the United States have regional differences.
Equine Core Vaccine: West Nile Virus West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and attacks the neurologic system of horses and humans, and to a lesser degree other species.
Risk-Based Vaccines for HorsesSome diseases are more likely to affect traveling or competing horse populations, and horses need protection against those problems.
Risk-Based Equine Vaccines: Equine Herpesvirus While most young horses have been exposed to types of herpesviruses, there is a need to protect horses of all ages against respiratory, abortogenic and possibly neurologic herpesvirus.
Risk-Based Equine Vaccine: Influenza Equine influenza virus (EIV) is a highly infectious respiratory virus that can cause high rates of sickness within an equine population.
Risk-Based Equine Vaccine: Botulism Botulism is an often-deadly disease that causes neurologic clinical signs.
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in Horses There is no vaccine to protect horses against vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), which can also affect humans and other animals.
Anthrax in Horses Anthrax has a high fatality rate in horses, and the disease can also affect humans.