What Are Vaccinations?
Vaccinations are used for several diseases in horses. Their main uses include reducing the risk of an outbreak occurring, reducing the spread of an outbreak and to decrease the severity of illness in affected animals.
All vaccinations have an initial course of injections followed by booster doses at specific intervals, the frequency of which depends on the type of vaccine and the immunity provided.
Why Should I Vaccinate My Horse?
Prevention is better than cure and vaccinations can help prevent several diseases that can affect your horse.
The cost of routine vaccinations for tetanus and influenza is not covered by insurance policies. However, vaccinations are relatively inexpensive given the expense involved in keeping horses and they can save lives as well as avoiding large veterinary bills.
What Diseases Can I Vaccinate My Horse Against?
The main two diseases commonly vaccinated against are Equine Influenza and Tetanus. Both of these diseases are surprisingly common, especially in unvaccinated horses and it is important that you ensure your horse is vaccinated against these two potentially fatal diseases.
We also offer other vaccinations that are important if you are breeding from you horse or if you are travelling abroad.
My horse is competing under FEI Rules, what do I need to know?
Horses must be vaccinated against equine influenza in order to compete at FEI events. Your horse’s passport will be checked at the event to check it has been vaccinated according to the FEI Veterinary Regulations, therefore all equine influenza vaccines that have been given to the horse must be recorded in the horse’s passport. Horses must have been vaccinated within 6 months +21 days of arriving at the Event however they cannot compete if they have been vaccinated within 7 days of arriving at an event venue.
For more information please refer to the FEI website
More information can be found at the BHS website
Reference: The British Horse Society (2015) ADVICE ON Tetanus and Equine Influenza Vaccinations