Readers Share Spring Vaccination Protocol

More than 850 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What is included in your spring vaccination protocol?"

results of poll on spring shot protocol

Results were as follows: 

  • Tetanus: 90.17% (798)
  • West Nile virus: 88.81% (786)
  • EEE/WEE/VEE: 86.10% (762)
  • Influenza: 74.01% (655)
  • Rabies: 68.47% (606)
  • Equine herpesvirus (Rhino): 64.97% (575)
  • Other: 23.28% (206)

Readers shared what they include in their spring shots protocol in the comments below.

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  • Potomac Horse Fever, Botulism
  • botulism, we do not give VEE it's not in our area
  • I like knowing my horses are protected all around all the time!
  • botulism
  • We do rabies in the fall
  • potomac
  • Vaccines divided, some in spring and some in fall so not to overload the horses all at once
  • We add botulism, as it occurs in our area. We break shots up into 2-3 sessions.
  • Strangles
  • strangles
  • Botulism (MidAtlantic). Relatively closed herd and new horses are quarantined. We give core vaccines
  • Because we run a private rescue they get them all
  • Potomac, Botulism
  • strangles vaccine and botulism
  • Botulism, POtomac Fever, Strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • strangles
  • potomac, strangles
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • POTOMAC HORSE FEVER
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • intranasal strangles
  • don't over vac./depends on traveling plans
  • strangles
  • Also include Potomac and Potomac boosters .
  • hay
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • potomac horse fever
  • strangles
  • no VEE, just EEE/WEE
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • I'm cutting back used to vacinate for 6 or 7 things but I think that is too much.
  • Stangles and Potomac
  • Potomac
  • strangles
  • rabies tetanus WEE EEE others selectively
  • Strangles
  • Botulism
  • African Horse Sickness
  • West Nile skeeters don't show up here til mid summer so I vax later
  • has had rabies vaccination
  • PHV
  • I vaccinate against the diseases prevelent in my part of the country ( Ky)
  • PotomacHorse Fever
  • strangles
  • botulism, potomac,strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Potomac
  • Strangles
  • nasal strangles
  • If vet recommnds other(s) based on what they see in area, go with it, too.
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • NONE
  • Strangles nasal, PHF
  • Strangles
  • potomac
  • potomac fever
  • Lawrence, KS
  • 4000 animals are diagnosed with rabies, 37 of them are horses. Out of horses in the U.S.? 4 million
  • Strangles
  • Potomac Horse fever twice a year, strangles internasel
  • Botulism
  • Patomic Horse Fever
  • Always strangles shot in the spring-rabies in the fall
  • potomac fever
  • Vet bills are "very" high, especially if you have 2 or more horses
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • PHF
  • Rhino & Flu are recommeded by my vet if I plan on being around groups of other horses.
  • Need to ask my vet about rabies, no one around here does it
  • strangles internasal
  • Botulism
  • Strep Equi Intranasal
  • PHF (Potomac Horse Fever)
  • Strep and Potomac in May
  • Mine get what my vet recommends
  • Strangles
  • Strangles
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Potomac
  • 4 way & west nile now, rabies in Dec.
  • titers to determine frequency of rabies and tetanus
  • Why do horses need Rabies every yr.? Where is the research to prove that!!
  • strangles and potomac horse fever
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • strangles
  • Only use Rhino in my breeding mares.
  • I always add Botulism also
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever and Strangles
  • strepvax
  • everything required in nc plus the optional strangles.
  • I also get my horses teeth floated at this time since the vet is already out there for our coggins.
  • Rabies in the fall to break up the number of shots at one time
  • My vet and I work together to get the most protection for my buck
  • Potomac
  • Strangles booster - for showing purposes
  • strangles
  • EEE/WEE, PHF, Botulism, Strangles
  • EEE/WEE, PHF, Botulism
  • I don't vaccinate. Haven't for 9 yrs
  • Botulism
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever; botulism
  • Potomac Horse Fever, Coggins
  • strangles
  • Rabies in the fall (just happened that way and I've continued as one less shot in spring)
  • strangles, PHF
  • We have heavy summer rains in AZ desert, prime mosquito conditions!
  • potomac!!!
  • patomac horse fever
  • Everything under the sun twice a year, plus rabies in the fall.
  • Split spring Vax into 2 sessions (resp/other) to alleviate reactions
  • Potomomac; strangles
  • influenza
  • Strangles
  • Did Strangles vac when I was showing but no transient horses now
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Botulism
  • coggins are incl. w/vac. 1 farm call for everything
  • strangles. At a boarding barn and go to shows so are considered high risk.
  • I'm in Austin TX -- never heard of a specific "Spring" shot protocol from vet or others here
  • Only as needed on a case by case basis. Vacinosis is a concern.
  • botulism
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • west nile potomac horse
  • Potomac
  • strangles
  • 24-year old mare just gets dentistry care and tetanus
  • strangles and potomac horse fever
  • We use Botulism Vaccine, We do not use VEE.
  • strangles, coggins test
  • strangles
  • can't buy rabies NM anymore and no vets around
  • Botulism
  • Strep, PHF
  • Australia - annual 2 in 1 shot which combines tetanus and strangles. No other shots required
  • potomac, strangles,botulism
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • We are in Kentucky so we also include strangles in our spring program
  • Potomac
  • potomic
  • PHF
  • The rest only every other year
  • Eastern/Western Encephalitis
  • Rabies every other year
  • potomac and strangles
  • botulism
  • Thinking of adding a Rabies vaccination
  • potomac
  • Strangles
  • strangles, rabies
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • I go by what my knowledgeable current vet recommends.
  • no shots given
  • Potomac
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • we also do intra nasal strangles for the horses under 7 yrs old.
  • STRANGLES
  • Strep
  • EEE/WEE
  • Only what is needed for the age and activity of each horse.
  • strangles
  • strangles
  • botulism
  • Stangles & coggins too! Now they are set for anything!
  • I have my vet draw coggins in the spring, I give my own shots, except Rabies, in the fall.
  • I would vaccinate against pigeon fever if it was available - pharmaceutical companies, please make!
  • I no loger immunize
  • I do EEE/WEE, no VEE(not an issue here)
  • navicular
  • strangles
  • broken into 2 visits so the horses can withstand it.
  • Kept in stall & turnout in small ranch with 6 other healthy horses. Trail riding no showing.
  • botulism
  • I only give rabies every 3 yrs. I spread out the vaccines.
  • Strangles
  • 5 or 6 way vaccines
  • botulism
  • potomac
  • Botulism
  • Strangles; Potomac Horse Fever
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Legend
  • rhino
  • EPM and Neg Coggins
  • Due to the health issues vaccines have cause my horses, I will never vaccinate them again.
  • Strangles
  • potomac, do rabies in fall
  • potomac
  • I try to have my vet vaccinate once a year for everything
  • None. My horse has not been vaccinated in 5 years and her titer levels are still high.
  • POTOMIC
  • Strangles
  • East Nile Virus
  • strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • botilism
  • Strangles vaccine
  • Strangles
  • all listed plus Strangles
  • Potomac Fever
  • None of my horses have ever gotten any shots, and they have never had any problems at all.
  • botulism
  • Potomac Fever
  • vaccines are split over time, sensitive horse gets only tetanus
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Potomac Fever, too
  • EEE/WEE
  • Potomaguard
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Rabies in fall, Potomac horse fever in spring
  • Botulism
  • Potomac Fever/Strangles
  • strangles
  • Botchulism
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • potomac
  • strangles intranasal, potomac horse fever
  • Potomac Fever
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • I do rabies every other year in the summer and I do flu in fall.
  • botvax
  • A coggins is drawn, and I start my biting fly and natural feed thru!!
  • Strep.equi
  • also potomac horse fever
  • Strangles
  • botulism
  • Older horses 3-way younger get 5-way WN Rabies

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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