Spring Vaccination Schedules Shared by Readers

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When does your veterinarian give your horse(s) spring shots?"

results of poll on giving spring vaccinations

Results were as follows: 

  • April 40.49% (366)
  • March 36.84% (333)
  • February 9.40% (85)
  • Later in the year 5.20% (47)
  • January 4.42% (40)
  • I don't give spring shots 3.65% (33)

Readers shared their location in the comments below.

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  • Mexico City
  • i give my own.
  • Vermont
  • WI
  • middleburgh, n.y.
  • vermont
  • Northeastern Ohio
  • Northern Virginia
  • raleigh, nc
  • We do teeth examinations and floating at the same time if necessary. Austin, Tx
  • Laramie, wyoming, we do our own shots
  • western new york
  • Vaccinating every year damages an immune system. Do some research for your equine friend!
  • virginia
  • N. California
  • Utah
  • PA
  • Texas
  • Upper Westchester County, New York
  • Kensington, NH
  • FLorida
  • pa
  • waxhaw, nc
  • VEREENIGING, GAUTENG SOUTH AFRICA
  • New Jersey
  • Quincy, CA
  • keswick va
  • Knoxville, TN.
  • Lockwood, NY
  • Oregon
  • Alberta
  • illinois
  • Michigan
  • Mason,MI
  • My vet doesnt give my horses shots, I do
  • stafford springs, ct
  • De.
  • Tehachapi California
  • Southwest,va.
  • Indiana
  • south carolina
  • central south carolina
  • ireland
  • White River Junction, VT
  • North Carolina
  • Jan/July every 6 months for So FL
  • Montana
  • Northern Virginia
  • Ohio
  • new jersey
  • North East Tennessee
  • South Central Missouri
  • North Texas
  • I five the shots, Kansas City Ks.
  • Denver, CO
  • Lamar MO
  • Southern Oregon
  • Salen, NY
  • Eastern North Carolina
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • tennessee
  • michigan
  • piedmont of North Carolina
  • Roy, UT
  • Harvey, ND
  • Austin, TX
  • new jersey
  • San Diego
  • new jersey
  • Upstate New York
  • Pecos, TX
  • Conroe, Texas
  • Central Virginia
  • Alabama
  • North Carolina
  • Oakville, WA
  • Western N.C. Mountains
  • northfield,ma.
  • Cornersville TN
  • Hudsonville, Michigan
  • Ellensburg
  • Frankfort, Illinois
  • ohio
  • new hampshire
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • half the time i give my own shots
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Sheridan, WY
  • I start in march, leaving at least a week between shots
  • Alberta, Canada
  • wisconsin and I will give all the shots that I can.
  • I give my own shots.
  • North Shore of Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • New York State
  • Michigan
  • michigan
  • Indiana
  • Elmira, NY
  • Located in southern Indiana, but give WN late June.
  • coast of Maine USDA Weather Zone 4
  • March is the BIG appointment-shots, teeth, sheath-- and a big bill!
  • Southern Illinois
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Fort Bragg, CA
  • w. washington
  • WI
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • canada
  • illinois
  • Winchester Kentucky USA
  • I give myself. Vet gives fall shots w/ rabies.
  • So. CA
  • Farm calls start about that time. I give some, she gives others
  • Around June
  • montana
  • el salvador
  • Louisiana
  • Italy, Torino
  • Indiana
  • CT
  • Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • TX
  • upper Wisconsin
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • ks
  • I give my own
  • northeast Oklahoma
  • scotland
  • Illinous
  • Mid west
  • Wi. I give my own shots.
  • Kansas City Area
  • East Central Indiana
  • Ontario, Canada
  • SE Minnesota
  • canada orillia ontario
  • maine
  • Nebraska
  • Gilbert, AZ.
  • Powell Butte, OR
  • Southern California
  • April and October - amazing number of people at my large barn do not give shots, some don't deworm
  • new york
  • north west washington
  • western Pa
  • losbanos ca
  • before show season
  • Montana
  • mississippi
  • Ohio
  • The vet doesn't give my horses shot, I do. I've backed off because we are isolated and it's not nec.
  • Northern New Mexico
  • southern california
  • New Mexico
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Southern NH US
  • Central Illinois
  • northern minnesota
  • I give my own shots except strangles intranasal and that depends.
  • Wisconsin
  • Bulloch Co. Ga.
  • Virginia
  • NE Ohio
  • Missouri
  • Placer County, California
  • Michigan
  • North Texas
  • Texas
  • wisconsin
  • Virginia
  • I give all shots but rabies & west nile - need vet for those
  • Indiana
  • Princeton, MN
  • western oregon
  • Polson, Montana
  • Colorado
  • british columbia, canada
  • Located in Cygnet, Ohio
  • Denver, CO
  • FLA
  • Eastern Pa. I give my own shots
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Michigan
  • New Oxford, PA
  • Plain City, Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Carson City, NV
  • Gilmer, TX
  • Western Ky
  • Wisconsin
  • Oregon
  • January - California
  • Maryland
  • Colorado mountains where Spring comes late.
  • I give my shots myself though, saves me a lot of money
  • Kansas City, MO
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont
  • vaccinations spread out over a few months to reduce any interaction
  • kansas
  • GA
  • 17315
  • Bel Air, MD
  • washington
  • ca
  • June, in Caledon Ontario Canada
  • maryland
  • Minnesota
  • North CarolinaMissouri ~ Clinic in April
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • pepperell, ma
  • Spain
  • hamilton ont
  • depends on how early of a spring-sometimes March, usually April
  • plus separate and spread them way out
  • Southeastern KY
  • Texas
  • ontario
  • northern mn
  • northern Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • northern utah
  • South Dakota
  • PA
  • Western WA
  • colorado
  • southern alberta
  • May
  • I administer my shots rather than having a vet do it.
  • SW Ohio
  • illinois
  • pa
  • I give the shots.
  • I give my own
  • April and I do my own
  • I give the vaccinations in May, right before the Arizona summer
  • Florida
  • CO
  • WA State
  • Texas
  • central wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • dunkirk,oh
  • Glenwood, IA
  • Western Pennsylvania
  • Arkansas
  • RI
  • Iowa
  • Central Oregon
  • WI, I give my own
  • NC
  • Reno Nevada
  • South central PA
  • Northern VA
  • Orange, CA
  • sturbridge ma
  • before my competition season starts
  • Colorado
  • on the coast 75 miles south of San Francisco
  • New England - Vermont
  • since it's not uncommon to see "biting bugs" in April we get shots done early
  • APRIL... early enough before show season starts & late enough to cover flu.
  • florida
  • before mosquitoes and flies really come out
  • Northeast
  • New Mexico
  • Kittanning, PA.
  • Our horses have all their shots in May.
  • In western Australia, I only give tetinus & strangles annually.
  • aiken sc
  • Iowa
  • Arizona
  • I like to give them in Jan, but we're doing them in feb this year...
  • April,in order to allow vaccines to be properly asimiow season,west nile,etc hit.
  • 45013
  • New York
  • Norco, CA
  • Augusta KS I purchase the injections and administer to my horses...
  • nh
  • Idaho
  • bluffton SC
  • Ontario
  • Beloit,Ohio
  • Maryland
  • South Centrail Missouri
  • Florida Panhandle
  • lake worth, florida
  • Salem Virginia
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Central Calif
  • New Hampshire
  • I no longer vaccinate my horses, rather I titre them and go from there.
  • Idaho
  • I give my own vac. in January
  • south carolina
  • Illinois
  • CT
  • arizona
  • South Carolina
  • I start trail riding in late march early april, so I vaccinate 2 weeks before we travel
  • wisconsin
  • ohio
  • Florida they get it twice a year
  • I give them myself
  • Maryland
  • New Mexico
  • New York State
  • Minnesota, Potomac on Memorial Day
  • Western NV I give, not my vet
  • Huntsville, AL
  • South Carolina
  • nc
  • mn
  • Minneapolis Minnesota metro
  • florida, give shots late Feb. or early March
  • Mississippi
  • Rosinton (Gulf Coast) Alabama
  • Harrisonville, Mo.
  • I give them in April
  • NC
  • Louisiana
  • not really spring here until late april/may
  • North central Idaho at 3100 foot elevation.
  • carmel valley, ca
  • NorthEast Indiana
  • Georgia
  • CO
  • near Milwaukee, WI
  • Ontario Canada
  • What are spring shots?
  • PA
  • Maine
  • Hopefully to keep ahead of mosquitos bearing West Nile!!
  • Western Pa
  • Iowa
  • I give them instead of the vet.
  • Iowa, April shots before bug season starts in earnest.
  • central illinois
  • South Carolina
  • southcentral WI
  • Oregon
  • In the fall - that's why we call them spring shots!
  • denver,co
  • Woodstock, GA
  • OK
  • SE Pennsylvania
  • New Hampshire
  • washington state
  • We are in Maryland.
  • I give them if needed, but I am no longer giving shots to adult horses. No more potomac, reactions
  • Actually, I'm the one who vaccinates our 15 horses, with the exception of intranasal strangles.
  • Pittsburgh PA
  • Western North Carolina
  • Magnolia, TX
  • California
  • N Idaho
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Middle Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • LaGrange NC
  • South Carolina
  • Canada
  • Ohio
  • we give our own in March/April
  • upper midwest
  • Northeast PA
  • Massachusetts
  • florida
  • Florida
  • NJ
  • Illinois
  • St. Albans, Maine
  • Michigan
  • Dallas/Ft Worth Area of Texas
  • Montana. Give shots April 15th every year!
  • South Carolina-They get their shots and a check-up in March
  • Northerneast Wisconsin close to upper Michigan
  • NY
  • Western Montana
  • May if I can get the vet out
  • Minneapolis MN area
  • each shot separately by 2 week intervals.
  • Lexington, SC
  • PA
  • Massachusetts
  • Northern WI. Then coggins tests are back in time to get riding with friends
  • TN
  • Oxford, OH 45056
  • central upstate new york
  • Weatherford, TX
  • Central Texas
  • PINOPOLIS,SC
  • Kentucky
  • Idaho. We usually get spring shots in March or April.
  • February, In Arkansas
  • florida
  • Central Kentucky
  • North TX
  • March in VT
  • WA
  • san joaquin valley california
  • Wisconsin
  • Greenwood, DE
  • herald, ca.
  • January or 30 days before foaling date
  • Central California
  • May or June - I live in upstate NY, and don't show or trailer my horses.
  • On the shores of Lake Michigan where it's cooler by the lake
  • PA
  • Kentucky
  • PA....March
  • CT

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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