Horse & Hound’s definitive guide to equine vaccinations *H&H Plus*

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    This article has been edited and approved by Karen Coumbe MRCVS, H&H’s veterinary advisor since 1991.
  • If you aren’t sure about what vaccinations your horse needs, when they should be given and how often, then Horse & Hound’s definitive guide contains everything you need to know

    There are a number of equine vaccinations available to help protect your horse’s health. These include equine flu, tetanus, equine herpes virus and equine rotavirus, while a new vaccine against strangles is expected to become available in 2o20. Unfortunately a recent field trial of a vaccine to protect against grass sickness proved inconclusive.

    The 2019 equine flu outbreak in the UK highlighted the need for more horses to have protection and a number of governing bodies of equestrian sports have updated their rules around the frequency of vaccination as a result, with many moving from annual to six-monthly requirements. All vaccination records should be kept up to date in the horse’s passport document.

    Only healthy horses should be vaccinated. If your horse is showing any signs of being unwell, discuss this with your vet prior to any vaccine being given. It is recommended that a horse is given a couple of quiet days after being vaccinated, with only light work and turnout. A horse should not be worked hard or made to sweat as they may be feeling below par or a little sore at the site of the injection.

    A small percentage of horses experience a reaction after being vaccinated. If your horse appears unwell then speak to your vet for advice. If your horse has previously had a reaction then discuss it with the vet prior to any future vaccinations being given.

    Equine vaccinations: Vet’s view | Equine flu | Tetanus | Equine herpes virus | Equine rotavirus | Reactions | Strangles

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