Vaccinations

We strongly recommend that all horses, ponies and donkeys are vaccinated against the most common diseases.
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Course of 3 injections
Equine Influenza

1st vaccination

2nd vaccination – 21-92 days after (approx. 3 weeks to 3 months)

3rd vaccination – 150-215 days after (approx. 5 months to 7 months)

This is followed by a yearly booster – no more than 365 days after the previous. If competing under FEI rules your horse will need a booster every 6 month.

Click the link to help you work out when your next vaccination is due.

Clinical Signs

Rise in body temperature

Harsh dry cough

Initial clear nasal discharge becoming more pus like over a few days

Loss of appetite

Enlarged glands

Occasional pneumonia (particularly in foals and yearlings)

Course of 3 injections
Tetanus

1st vaccination – from 4 months old

2nd vaccination – 28 days after (approx. 4 weeks)

3rd vaccination – 1 year after

This is followed by a booster every other year (every 24 months)

Clinical Signs

Gradual progressive stiffness

Reluctance to move

Startled expression – flaring of nostrils

Difficulty chewing

Erect ears

Tail head out

Increased reactions to sudden movement

Violent or general spasms

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Course of 2 injections
Herpes

1st vaccination – from 6 months old

2nd vaccination – 28 days after (approx. 4 weeks)

This is followed by a booster every 6 month

To protect against abortion in pregnant mares, vaccines are required at 5, 7 and 9 months of gestation.

Clinical Signs

The vaccination covers Herpes viruses 1 and 4. Virus 4 usually causes mild respiratory disease but some strains of virus 1 can have much more serious effects such as abortion and paralysis.

Fever – high temperature, dullness

Coughing and nasal discharge

Neonatal foals can show signs of weakness, jaundice, respiratory distress and death usually occurs within 3 days of life

Older foals will show signs of coughing and nasal discharge

Abortion of pregnant mares usually between 4-8 months of gestation

Neurological disease – recumbency, uncoordinated limbs, urine dribbling/retention

We try to send reminders as a helpful service but it is the owners responsibility to ensure their horses vaccines are up to date.

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