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Do you vaccinate your horse for rabies?

Yes, I vaccinate for rabies annually
Yes, but I don't vaccinate for rabies regularly
I don't know
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 1415

Comments & Write-in Answers

it is mandatory in the state of MASS

9/7/2009 7:05:33 PM

I would not skip the rabie shot-this is as important as any of the shots my horses receive.

9/7/2009 3:18:41 PM

no cases of rabies in our state in horses

9/7/2009 10:17:51 AM

The small price of a shot isworth it to me!

9/7/2009 12:27:18 AM

Very few rabies cases in our area (western Washington).

9/6/2009 7:33:21 PM

Titers will tell you if your horse has enuf antibodies to skip a yearly vaccine. Better to be safe.

9/6/2009 3:50:03 PM

No local cases in over 40 yrs. If an outbreak in the area or going to area where it's common, yes.

9/6/2009 1:04:47 PM

better to be safe than sorry

9/5/2009 11:20:32 PM

every other year

9/5/2009 11:10:51 PM

state regulation.

9/5/2009 7:34:19 PM

one of our local vets was bitten by a rabid horse this year.

9/5/2009 4:22:41 PM

My God! Why wouldn't you?!

9/5/2009 2:50:11 PM

I started vaccinating for rabies 3 or so years ago as per our vets suggestion. We live in N. Utah

9/5/2009 1:08:43 PM

horse had reaction within 15 minutes - colic symptoms and founder

9/5/2009 2:44:45 AM

I do resent the fact that a vet must adminster the shot in Indiana, and I cannot give the shot mysel

9/4/2009 11:35:18 PM

Alaska dont have alot of wild/domestic animals with rabies, I did when we lived in the lower 48

9/4/2009 5:01:38 PM

Absolutely. Period. Done. the End.

9/4/2009 3:44:26 PM

live in the c aribbean on an island where we do not have rabies

9/4/2009 1:59:56 PM

NYS requires a vet to give the shot, couldn't find a vet to come to my farm for 3 yrs!

9/4/2009 12:31:56 PM

A very necessary vaccination - the disease is deadly

9/4/2009 12:02:32 PM

my vet doesn't feel there is currently a need to vaccinate for rabies

9/4/2009 11:54:55 AM

This is THE ONE disease that can also kill humans

9/4/2009 11:44:23 AM

We all forget how often our hands are in their mouths.

9/4/2009 11:02:12 AM

To protect me as well as the horses

9/4/2009 9:32:59 AM

My farm is in a wooded area with lots of critters eg. skunks, foxes, etc

9/4/2009 8:42:43 AM

Equine rabies immunoglobulin G producer

9/4/2009 5:24:23 AM

I vaccinate for rabies depending on the percentage of local outbreaks

9/4/2009 12:15:40 AM

recently there was an outbreak of rabies in town in a cow and just out of town in two horses. South

9/4/2009 12:07:01 AM

No rabies cases here for 25 yrs.

9/4/2009 12:01:59 AM

Rabies in my area is extremely rare in horses so I choose not to vaccinate

9/3/2009 11:46:13 PM

Our Washington State vet doesn't recommend it at this time.

9/3/2009 10:27:19 PM

I have titers done

9/3/2009 10:11:34 PM

I figure that if your horse gets attacked by a rabbid dog he wont live to get rabies ='(

9/3/2009 9:40:30 PM

Absolutely! Any horse out on pasture anywhere can be in contact with a rabid coon or skunk.

9/3/2009 9:36:34 PM

every 3 years

9/3/2009 9:14:43 PM

the new rabies vaccine can be given every two years

9/3/2009 8:53:47 PM

no, didn't even know there was a horse vaccine

9/3/2009 8:33:07 PM

Had a horse have a very severe reaction and I've been scared to vacinate again

9/3/2009 6:33:48 PM

always.. Never know when wild animals come in contact with our horses

9/3/2009 4:56:42 PM

where we live RABIES is a problem.

9/3/2009 3:40:11 PM

And I wouldn't because?

9/3/2009 2:32:57 PM

better safe than sorry

9/3/2009 12:02:15 PM

My horses live outside 365 days a year. Not a risk I am willing to take.

9/3/2009 9:44:35 AM

cheap insurance!

9/3/2009 8:34:50 AM

I live in a area where it is wise to do so for my horses protection and my own.

9/3/2009 7:52:56 AM

I've thought about it, but vaccinated for rabies yet.

9/3/2009 2:17:41 AM

It is endemic in the skunks and bats in our area.

9/2/2009 10:56:56 PM

My vets won't - so I do. Lost a great horse to it in a place where they "didn't have rabies" :-(

9/2/2009 10:30:00 PM

it would be crazy not to.

9/2/2009 10:19:48 PM

have to with raccons and oppossims around

9/2/2009 10:19:20 PM

when my vet reccomends I vaccinate

9/2/2009 10:19:00 PM

cheap insurance against rabies

9/2/2009 10:08:59 PM

This was the first year it was recommended by my vet - especially in my area

9/2/2009 9:35:57 PM

all of our rescue horses receive rabies vaccination

9/2/2009 8:20:36 PM

it'sa good idea, but I can't justify the cost

9/2/2009 8:15:36 PM

can't get the vaccine anymore in NM and no vet in area

9/2/2009 8:15:02 PM


9/2/2009 7:07:37 PM

required by law in my state

9/2/2009 6:49:26 PM

I didn't before bur rabid skunks have been found near my home in CO.After 40 years of no rabies.

9/2/2009 6:47:51 PM

My veterinarian recommended against it

9/2/2009 6:22:41 PM

Farm in a very rural location with a large wildlife population on the property.

9/2/2009 5:44:23 PM

i kinow an Appy that got bit by a rabid skunk annd died of clinical rabies. And the owner did not k

9/2/2009 5:39:52 PM

rabies has been a problem in TX for several years

9/2/2009 5:17:56 PM

Very important for horse and human safety!!!

9/2/2009 5:16:31 PM

We live where rabies is prevalent and our horses live outdoors 24/7.

9/2/2009 4:40:50 PM

Should be a state law as it is for dogs and cats. If you ever saw a horse with rabies you would be b

9/2/2009 4:09:59 PM

Very important vaccine! Not a good idea to skip this one.

9/2/2009 2:42:24 PM

i live in the forest, home of the rabid critters! Yes I vaccinate

9/2/2009 2:19:18 PM

Rabies is not endemic in our area

9/2/2009 1:48:09 PM

Absolutely YES. If contracted, rabies is 1oo per cent fatal. Whyt wouldn't you vaccinate?

9/2/2009 1:23:50 PM

Rabies is not common in the West - only when it's prevalent.

9/2/2009 1:16:33 PM

5 out of 6 horses, one is reactive to the vaccine.

9/2/2009 1:06:55 PM

used to but vet does not think it is needed in my area

9/2/2009 1:01:07 PM

I wouldn't think of not having my horses vaccinated for rabies especially since they are living in a

9/2/2009 12:49:35 PM

Rabies is epidemic around here. I took the series in '76 because of a rabid horse bite.

9/2/2009 12:32:05 PM

For our horses it is a must have vaccination.

9/2/2009 12:08:12 PM

We live in a low incident area.

9/2/2009 11:33:07 AM

A must where I live!

9/2/2009 11:24:07 AM

Yes, but only vaccinate every 3 years as recommended by vet and manufacturer

9/2/2009 11:15:30 AM

Cheapest form of Life Insurance for them and us

9/2/2009 11:08:20 AM

I don't know why anybody wouldn't unless their horse is allergic

9/2/2009 10:58:14 AM

My vet has had horses experience severe reactions to the vaccine, so I haven't chosen to vaccinate.

9/2/2009 10:48:55 AM

I do titers on my horses and they were extremely high.

9/2/2009 10:33:33 AM

All 31 of them

9/2/2009 10:30:20 AM

I asked my vet if I needed to this year and we don't need to.

9/2/2009 10:11:41 AM

and I make sure I use the Intervet rabies vaccine whicih was made for horses specifically

9/2/2009 10:05:45 AM

Just started a few years ago

9/2/2009 10:03:31 AM

Lots of coons, foxes, coyotes in our area!

9/2/2009 9:55:47 AM

absolutely and it is a shot requirement for our barn.

9/2/2009 9:51:14 AM

Our barn is at the edge of a 5,000+ acre park with lots of potential exposure. Cheap insurance, IMO

9/2/2009 9:45:59 AM

living next to 1/2 million acres of national forest land - lots of chances for rabies exposure.

9/2/2009 9:41:40 AM

I have found Ft Dodge Rabies vaccine makes my horses colic - I would recommend another brand

9/2/2009 9:40:18 AM

Rabies is a FATAL disease for both horses and humans--who would NOT vaccinate?

9/2/2009 9:36:40 AM

It is easily preventable - but if not vaccinated 100% fatal

9/2/2009 9:19:09 AM

Why take a chance?

9/2/2009 9:14:54 AM

Never did until about 2 years ago.

9/2/2009 9:13:22 AM

I would if there were a reported case within 400 miles

9/2/2009 9:07:35 AM

ABSOLUTELY. If you can't afford regular shots, at least do tetanus and rabies!

9/2/2009 9:03:55 AM

It is inexpensive and too dangerous to risk

9/2/2009 8:52:51 AM

I have been bitten by a rabid dog in the past and don't want the injections again!!!!!!

9/2/2009 8:50:26 AM

Why wouldn't you?

9/2/2009 8:45:18 AM

i believe it should be legal for you to purchase and give it yourself.

9/2/2009 8:25:21 AM

We vaccinated for the first time this year. Many skunks around the barn.

9/2/2009 7:55:42 AM

I haven't given vaccines in 9 yrs No rabies in my area.

9/2/2009 7:49:04 AM

we live in the Ozarks next to public land.

9/2/2009 7:47:13 AM

Absolutely; it's foolish not to when it is epidemic in my area.

9/2/2009 7:05:46 AM

except one horse. Near death reaction to this vaccine.

9/2/2009 6:49:15 AM

Vet keeps telling me it is not necessary. I would like to though

9/2/2009 6:43:19 AM

I have been vaccinating my horses for 30 + yrs

9/2/2009 2:43:41 AM

annually. rabies very common in wildlife in our area.

9/2/2009 1:23:39 AM

I truly believe in vaccinating for rabies, regardless where you may live.

9/2/2009 12:39:27 AM


9/1/2009 11:34:05 PM

We had a rabies scare recently - you never know if it could strike your barn - vaccinate!!

9/1/2009 11:32:44 PM

Anyone who does not, and has horses on pasture, is playing with fire!

9/1/2009 11:25:00 PM

I vaccinate and always have for past 35 years

9/1/2009 10:57:59 PM

If you vaccinate your dog, who stays in the house,why not your horse

9/1/2009 10:46:51 PM

every yr, along with EWT and WN.

9/1/2009 10:42:46 PM

There have been several rabies cases close to my farm so I got all my horses vaccinated.

9/1/2009 10:22:47 PM


9/1/2009 10:15:45 PM

cheap insurance against an incurable disease

9/1/2009 10:13:53 PM

I also talk other people into vaccinating against it

9/1/2009 10:11:12 PM

Absolutely - I don't want to take THAT chance if there is a way to avoid it!

9/1/2009 9:53:24 PM

I have been for years at the vets recommendation

9/1/2009 8:56:16 PM

Absolutely! It's a 100% fatak dusease and it's not uncommon around here in foxes, skunks, etc.

9/1/2009 8:42:47 PM

every three years

9/1/2009 8:23:27 PM

we are in Alberta and rabies is very rare, so no need to vaccinate

9/1/2009 8:23:24 PM

Since my horses are turned out 24/7 and we have foxes and bats, I consider it a precaution.

9/1/2009 8:18:02 PM

rabies is not common but there are a lot of bats, racoon, skunks, and coyotes in my area.

9/1/2009 8:08:02 PM

An inexpensive vaccine given at the time of yearly exams is a low price to pay for protection.

9/1/2009 7:52:07 PM


9/1/2009 7:42:06 PM

One shot, or death, you decide.

9/1/2009 7:41:06 PM

Rabies is mandatory in MA, as in some other states, as it should be.

9/1/2009 7:29:19 PM

Did it once, made my horses sick, other vet said not to bother

9/1/2009 7:24:13 PM

my vet is not recomending it at this time

9/1/2009 7:23:19 PM

just started to this year

9/1/2009 6:49:55 PM

rabies is the one vaccine I insist on for all horses coming to me for boarding

9/1/2009 6:46:09 PM

In north Texas rabies is a problem and it is easier to prevent than to watch a friend die.

9/1/2009 6:43:54 PM

Only when there are outbreaks in my area

9/1/2009 6:26:38 PM

first time this year

9/1/2009 6:25:09 PM

no rabies on this island of Newfoundland

9/1/2009 6:22:23 PM

Just to be safe

9/1/2009 6:15:23 PM

I probably should, but a vet has to do it, I needed by my self

9/1/2009 6:02:40 PM

No excuse not to!!!

9/1/2009 5:35:08 PM

I vaccinate all my animals for rabies.

9/1/2009 5:28:28 PM

Anyone who doesn't is taking a horrible chance!

9/1/2009 5:10:21 PM

I depend on my vet for guidance---some years the wildlife is more dangerous than others.

9/1/2009 4:56:32 PM

since we have had horses in SE Michigan with rabies we vaccincate every year.

9/1/2009 4:51:54 PM

The need in my area is very low.

9/1/2009 4:46:50 PM

I always vaccinate annually for rabies! It is a must

9/1/2009 4:43:08 PM

My horses move from NC to FL yearly and have been routinly vaccinated for about 5 years now for rabi

9/1/2009 4:38:46 PM

I live in Hawaii no Rabies

9/1/2009 4:35:56 PM

Have given it annually since 1996 but current vet doesn't recommend it in KY.

9/1/2009 4:34:21 PM

I have had to educate my veterinarians about Equine Rabies since I live with varmits surrounding us.

9/1/2009 4:32:52 PM

Very low incidence of rabies in Idaho.

9/1/2009 4:28:04 PM

rabies is so preventable with just one vaccination a year it's a "no brainer"

9/1/2009 4:25:47 PM

Why risk it? Raccoons-Bats-Opossums...ohio

9/1/2009 4:21:49 PM

Rabid wild animals are EVERYWHERE - Toen AND Country. Better safe than sorry!

9/1/2009 4:21:49 PM

This is the first year that I have vaccinated for rabies. It was at the suggestion of my vet

9/1/2009 4:21:26 PM

Because our pasture has woods, we vaccinate every three yrs. for rabies.

9/1/2009 4:19:38 PM

I know it's rare, but rabies kills humans - I don't take chances with my life. It's only $25 a year

9/1/2009 4:17:33 PM

my horses are exposed to the same things as my dogs and I have small grandchildren soo. i vaccinate!

9/1/2009 4:13:53 PM

i have heard that new reports say it is only necessary every 3 years where applicable

9/1/2009 4:11:14 PM

absolutely - once you've seen the results of NOT vaccinating there is no option.

9/1/2009 4:06:37 PM

I can't get the vaccine to do myself and vet wants $20 PLUS a $70 farm call, so $90 for a shot?

9/1/2009 4:06:18 PM

Every fall with intranasal Flu

9/1/2009 3:53:10 PM

Would bi-annually be enough?

9/1/2009 3:47:40 PM

Of course

9/1/2009 3:43:19 PM

I test titers and vaccinate when needed - far less often than recommended.

9/1/2009 3:28:17 PM

My horses get their rabies vac when they get their other shots in the spring

9/1/2009 3:23:43 PM

Why wouldn't you!?? We have a high incidence of rabies in skunks and coyotes in AZ.

9/1/2009 3:23:20 PM

We have too many skunks and other carriers in Oklahoma!

9/1/2009 3:23:17 PM

We went for many years without vaccinating but then we started having rabies cases in our area.

9/1/2009 3:21:00 PM

all 3 horses get the rabies vacn. yearly

9/1/2009 3:18:36 PM

Our local shows require it

9/1/2009 3:17:23 PM

This is the first year I ahve vaccinated for rabies

9/1/2009 3:12:38 PM

pastured horses can come in contact with wild animals, is necessary

9/1/2009 3:04:32 PM

This is a must where I live.

9/1/2009 3:01:52 PM


9/1/2009 2:56:52 PM

every three years, yes

9/1/2009 2:56:06 PM

It is like playing Russian Roulette not to vaccinate

9/1/2009 2:54:52 PM


9/1/2009 2:47:11 PM

With all the money I dump into my horses, if a $10 shot could save their life - Why not?

9/1/2009 2:31:03 PM

I live in a rural area, very necessary for my horses.

9/1/2009 1:43:12 PM

every 3 years after initial series

9/1/2009 11:46:05 AM

Considering checking blood titers for all suggested vaccines next season; are we over-vaccinating?

9/1/2009 10:34:20 AM

This is a no-brainer. Why take the chance?

9/1/2009 8:14:59 AM