Poll: Majority of Readers Vaccinate for Rabies Yearly

More than 730 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you vaccinate your horse for rabies?"

results of poll on rabies vaccinations

Results were as follows: 

  • Annually: 81.17% (599)
  • I don't vaccinate for rabies: 10.98% (81)
  • Every three years: 5.01% (37)
  • Other 2.85% (21)

Readers shared their rabies vaccination regimens in the comments below.

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  • annual required in NY state
  • every 2 years, according to the vaccine we use.
  • My horses get rabie shots as part of their ANNUAL vet check. Seems a smart thing to do!
  • Which should it be for safety reasons? Are all rabies vaccines good for 3 years for equines as well
  • My boys are too precious to take chances
  • Why not??
  • Too many rabid animals reported every year. Can't take the chance with my horses!
  • this is MUST have on our vaccination schedule
  • I have vaccinated for rabies annually for 2 years. In the future I will do so every 3 years.
  • My Vet has said he did not think it was necessary. I disagree with him
  • We don't have rabies in Sweden!
  • I should but I don't usually manage to get the Rabies shots.
  • We produce Equine Rabisbies ImmunoGlobulin (ERIG) and never vaccinate horses which is not used.
  • I vaccinate every other year
  • Vet uses a 3 year vaccine
  • I run titers first.
  • Don't need to, thank God, because we are in Ireland.
  • every 2 years
  • Horses winter out, lots of wild life nearby. Herd health practiced.
  • the vaccine is good for one year
  • every two years
  • Vet recomendation in our area is to not vaccinate.
  • Absolutely!!! Not worth taking the risk!
  • Better safe than sorry. They are in fields surrounded by wooded area with lots of wildlife.
  • Only if there is a single case of rabies within 75 miles
  • Too scary of a disease not to, and too easy to prevent!
  • every 6 months-live in Fla
  • check titres yearly. Vaccinate every 3 to 5 years.
  • we don't have rabies in ireland, not sure we can even buy the vaccine here
  • We don't have incidents of rabies in Northern Alberta
  • Every 2 years
  • Taking no chances in Florida - vaccinate annually
  • i live in arizona.
  • My reccommended every other year, so I will occaisionally skip a year.
  • If there is an outbreak, or if traveling to or in an area it is a threat. (nothing local in 40+ yrs)
  • Never hear of a case of rabies in MI for horses.
  • annually according to the protocol for horses
  • rabies isn't seen in western canada
  • Always have, always will.
  • The potential risk for Rabies is not prevelant here
  • Every Spring.
  • ALL our animals are vaccinated yearly
  • horses should be vacc. once a yr for Rabies.
  • due to large amount of wildlife and bats all animals are vaccinated here
  • Annual required at shows & rides, but think every 3 yrs should be OK
  • You'd be crazy not to vaccinate yearly!
  • every year
  • Annually until they come up with a longer-term vaccine; See AAEP 2009, article #15754 about efficacy
  • as much for my protection as theirs
  • I live in Australia!!
  • We haven't had a reported rabies case around here, but if we do I'll vaccinate
  • by my vet's instruction
  • my horse is turned out 24/7, so I feel he is more vulnerable than a horse in a stall.
  • Take no chances with Rabies!
  • To many wild animals not to vaccinate we do it ourselves and give them everything for less than $70
  • per our vet.
  • State law requires it be given annually.
  • per my vet's recommendation
  • 100% fatal disease-effective vaccine--no brainer
  • My veterinarian doesn't recommend it. I am not sure why - are complications common?
  • Every two years, unless there are frequent cases of rabid animals.
  • Why would I risk my horse or myself? No brainer!
  • Not prevelent among horses in California.
  • Annually unless titers show immunity.
  • I would vaccinate yeary if I could do it myself but the state requires a vet to administer it.
  • In the Spring before the summer.
  • Every spring (spRing - Rabies; easy to remember!)
  • vaccinated once for life
  • I do titers. Some competitive trail rides require vacc. so sometimes give even if titer is ok.
  • the cost of the shot is less painful than the loss of the horse
  • my first grade teacher lost a prize filly to rabies. that was over 30 years ago.I always vaccinate
  • It's the law!
  • To compete, we must.
  • I live in UK
  • actually every 6 months or sooner if necessary
  • Just started doing this, did not know it was an equine issue until I read it here.

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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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