Equine Vaccination Programmes

We strongly recommend you protect your horse against tetanus - a  killer disease which can be prevented with a vaccination programme.
Our vaccination protocols follow.

Vaccination protocols for horses

All horses should be vaccinated against tetanus:
Tetanus toxoid The initial vaccine is given intramuscularly, and a booster vaccination given 4-6 weeks later. A further booster should be given 6-12 months after this initial course, with vaccination every 5 years after that.
Mares should be given a booster vaccination 4-6 weeks prior to foaling to confer maternal immunity via the colostrum to the foal.
Foals should commence a course of tetanus vaccinations at 3 months of age. They should be protected at birth, while their umbilicus seals, with the antitoxin.
Annual booster vaccinations are commonly recommended and practiced despite long-term immunity. There is a better prognosis if, when a horse gets the disease, it has been vaccinated within the last year.
The tetanus antitoxin is not a vaccination booster.
The decision to use the following vaccinations depends on the use of the horse and prevalence of disease – please discuss with our veterinarians.
Equivac S®, Equivac 2 in 1® and Pinnacle I.N.®
Vaccination is available in two forms, an intramuscular injection or an intranasal vaccine. Immunity obtained from intramuscular vaccine is poor, however it reduces the severity of the disease. Side effects to the vaccine can occur and include swelling at injection site and less commonly systemic signs may occur in horses sensitised to S. equi.
Vaccination requires 3 intramuscular injections 2 weeks apart.
Combination Strangles and Tetanus vaccines are available.
Pinnacle IN,
Two intranasal doses should be administered 2 - 3 weeks apart in every horse regardless of previous vaccination with other strangle products. Annual booster vaccinations with the intranasal vaccine are recommended.
Equine Herpes virus
Fort Dodge Duvaxyn EHV1/4
The initial dosing involves 2 doses given 2-4 weeks apart, followed by 6 monthly boosters as needed.
Foals are generally given their first dose at 5 months of age. However, if they received inadequate colostrum then they may be given an extra dose at 3 months of age.
Fort Dodge Pneumabort - K + 1B
Mares should receive 1 dose each at 5th, 7th, and 9th months of gestation.
Non-breeding horses get 2 doses 4 weeks apart plus annual booster.
Stallions should be vaccinated 1 month before breeding.
Mares may receive 2 doses 4 weeks apart before service and then a
booster in the 4-5th month of pregnancy or 1 dose each at either 3, 4 & 6
months or 4,5 & 7 months of gestation.
Vetivax Equine Salmonella Vaccine®
Used as an aid to prevent salmonellosis in mares and foals.
Mares are initially given 2 doses, 4 weeks apart, followed by annual boosters given one month before foaling to provide good colostral immunity to their foals.
Foals born to vaccinated mares can be given 2 vaccinations, four weeks apart, beginning at 4 months of age, a booster vaccination is given as a yearling. Foals born to unvaccinated mares can be vaccinated from 2 weeks of age, followed by boosters 6 months later than as a yearling.

Other vaccines
Horses travelling to other countries may be vaccinated against diseases prevalent in the country they are travelling to (e.g. Equine Influenza,
Rabies, EVA, African Horse sickness, Western or Eastern equine encephalitis).
Sign up here for the tetanus programme and we will send out reminders when your horse is due for its boosters so you can rest assured that it has the best protection available against this disease.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of the other vaccination programmes.