Your horse needs vaccines every year. Those are the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) recommended core vaccines. These vaccines protect against diseases found throughout the United States and/or threaten human health, as well as horses, and include West Nile virus, Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, tetanus, and rabies.
Beyond the AAEP core vaccines are risk-based vaccines. Examples of diseases risk-based vaccines prevent include equine influenza (EI), equine herpesvirus (EHV), and botulism, to name a few. Your horses need risk-based vaccines if they’re at a higher risk of contracting these diseases. For example, veterinarians recommend EI and EHV vaccination for horses in busy training stables or that travel to shows. Similarly, broodmares need EHV vaccination to prevent abortion caused by the disease.
To help horse owners better understand risk-based vaccines, we’ve scoured our archives at TheHorse.com for content about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
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