Post-Vaccination Riding


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Last Wednesday was a particularly spectacular spring day. After some recent April showers, the sun was shining, the grass looked a few shades greener, and I couldn’t wait to race out to the barn after work to hack Hannah and Lily. So when my trainer texted me that morning to say the veterinarian would be vaccinating all the horses, my immediate thought was, “Wait, does this mean I shouldn’t ride them later?”

It pays to know how your individual horse reacts to different vaccines.

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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