Vaccinations - Equine

Recommended Equine Vaccine Protocol


This combination vaccine is for Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, West Nile virus, and Tetanus. 

Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis and the West Nile virus are transmitted by mosquitoes.

Tetanus is caused by a neurotoxin produced by bacterium called Clostridium tetani. These bacteria are in the soil, intestinal tract, and feces of horses and other animals. Tetanus is a result of infection of puncture wounds, lacerations, surgical incisions, and exposed tissues. This is a potentially fatal disease. 

The first vaccination requires 2 doses. One dose initially, then 3-4 weeks later is the booster.

After the initial 2 doses, revaccination is every year. 


Otherwise known as the Rhino/Flu vaccine.

This vaccine covers Equine Herpesvirus and Equine Influenza. 

Equine Herpesvirus causes respiratory disease and neurologic disease.

Influenza is one of the most common infectious diseases of the respiratory tract. 

The first vaccination requires 2 doses. One dose initially, then 3-4 weeks later is the booster.

After the initial 2 doses, revaccination is annual. 


Potomac Horse Fever, or equine monocytic ehrlichiosis,and Rabies vaccination.

Potomac Horse Fever is caused by a parasite found near rivers and Rabies can be contracted if your horse is bitten by an affected animal. 

The first vaccination requires 2 doses. One dose initially, then 3-4 weeks later is the booster.

After the initial doses, revaccination is annual.

For Pregnant Mares

The Pneumabort vaccine is recommended for pregnant mares. It is an inactivated Equine Herpesvirus vaccination given to prevent abortion due to the disease. This vaccine should be given annually during the 5th, 7th, and 9th months of pregnancy. 

For Newborn Foals

For new foals we recommend that you give a Tetanus Toxoid vaccine. The first dose should be given the day of birth and additional doses should be given at 6 and 7 months of age. After that you can booster Tetanus yearly.

Vitamin E and Selenium should also be given. One dose on the day of birth and another at 5 days of age.

Finally, we recommend that you perform an IgG blood test to check adequate absorption of colostrum. We recommend testing all foals, but it is highly recommended for foals if colostrum intake and absorption is questionable.

For High Exposure Horses

For Horses that have a high exposure to other horses throughout the year, we recommend an intranasal Strangles vaccine. The Strangles bacteria is highly contagious and can be transferred to your horse via direct and indirect (clothes, tack, etc.) contact with an infected horse. Initially the vaccine should be given with a booster 3-4 weeks after the first dose. Afterwards, the booster should be given every 6 to 12 months depending on the amount of exposure. 

Annual Coggins Testing

Any horse over 6 months of age is required to be coggins tested negative for sales and organized events. Tests are valid for 1 year from the test date (January to January).


Strongyles are the number one cause of colic. We recommend deworming every 8 weeks when using an Ivermectin product and every 4 weeks when using a "bendazole" product such as Panacur or Anthelcide. Although tapeworms are not a common problem in horses, praziquantel contain products, should be used in early spring and in late fall each year to help fight tapeworm infestations.

Pregnant mares need regular deworming throughout gestation. Mares should also be dewormed the day they foal. Use a dewormer approved for use in pregnant mares (i.e. Ivermectin, Strongid, Panacur).

Foals should also be dewormed regularly, and their first deworming should occur at one month of age.


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