One of the brightest spots of medical care for horses is the availability of many safe and effective vaccines to protect horses from various diseases. Sometimes it is confusing as to which ones your horse might need. Let's look at the vaccine options, the necessity of each, and how to plan for boosters throughout the year. The development of an effective vaccination program requires a partnership between the veterinarian and the horse owner. Vaccines against certain diseases are given based on anticipated degree of risk.

Vaccines are only one aspect of preventing disease; it is just as important to implement good horsekeeping and biosecurity strategies to minimize disease risk. Collaborate with your veterinarian to tailor the best strategy for your horse, based on exposure and risk.