Rabies Vaccination

Is your horse vaccinated against rabies?


Total votes cast: 846

Comments & Write-in Answers

Vet doesn't recommend in this area.

10/11/2010 10:07:35 PM

its important to there health

10/11/2010 9:26:45 PM

we live in the northwoods, with lots of critters-this vacc is critical

10/11/2010 8:11:12 PM

no rabies in our area

10/11/2010 6:46:53 PM

duh, horse can die without it and could infect the person

10/11/2010 6:07:46 PM

Because it's such an easy disease to prevent this way.

10/11/2010 4:50:34 PM

My mares are turned out 24-7 and we're in an area with an abundance of wildlife.

10/11/2010 4:45:55 PM

dont take chances

10/11/2010 4:36:33 PM

Rabies is pretty rare in Oregon, getting bit by a rabid animal is not very likely.

10/11/2010 3:37:12 PM

can't afford it

10/11/2010 3:14:07 PM

there are sometimes rabid foxes, racoons etc in our area. why take a chance? a mouse can be rabid

10/11/2010 3:09:30 PM

New Zealand is a rabies free country

10/11/2010 2:58:12 PM

We have a lot of Brown Bat variant Rabies in Northern AZ in the wildlife population.

10/11/2010 2:40:19 PM

Yes, every year, all horses currently ages 4 to 32 years.

10/11/2010 12:35:32 PM

Vet recommended for our area

10/11/2010 10:47:19 AM

Rabies is very rare in my area; would vaccinate if suggested by vet.

10/11/2010 2:40:31 AM

We have racoons,skunk and bats in out area

10/11/2010 2:07:52 AM

recommended by vet because we have had incidence of rabies in horses in our state

10/10/2010 7:21:59 PM

reccomended by vet, may be required by state of New Jersey, but I'm not sure.

10/10/2010 4:08:43 PM

loose dogs

10/10/2010 3:50:04 PM

Not concerned about rabies and concerned about negative response to shot.

10/10/2010 3:43:51 PM

Never know what infected critter might wander or fly (bats) into the pasture and bit my horses

10/10/2010 1:53:46 PM

Because vet recommends it.

10/10/2010 10:58:35 AM

we don't have rabies here in Australia

10/10/2010 9:17:47 AM

ALWAYS! Every year!

10/10/2010 12:07:14 AM

many rabid raccoons in the area

10/9/2010 9:44:13 PM

Of course. Rabies is deadly and a vaccine protects horse and owner. Required to show in NH

10/9/2010 7:27:33 PM

Would if outbreak in area.Vets & county animal services say no domesticated animal cases in 40+ yrs

10/9/2010 4:04:07 PM

It is required in NY state but I would do it anyway

10/9/2010 11:54:14 AM

rabies vaccine reactivity - had a bad colic episode after last rabies vacc.

10/9/2010 10:36:45 AM

yes, rabies is rare but always fatal

10/9/2010 9:55:23 AM

bats in barn worry me.

10/9/2010 9:04:54 AM

On pasture with much wildlife around so I feel it is required.

10/8/2010 11:59:50 PM

To protect everyone

10/8/2010 9:42:51 PM

We have a lot of wildlife around the barn including foxes, raccoons, skunks, etc.

10/8/2010 8:56:23 PM

it is endemic in our area

10/8/2010 8:35:36 PM

Rabies is fatal and can be transmitted to humans & other animals

10/8/2010 7:47:42 PM

rabies is in our area and wildlife visit the pasture regularly

10/8/2010 6:46:15 PM

to protect us both from rabies

10/8/2010 5:35:20 PM

negligent, very little rabies if any here, didn't know it was available until recently

10/8/2010 4:40:49 PM

my horse was given not only the required vaccines to board, but recommended ones as well

10/8/2010 4:24:06 PM

live in an area populated by skunks

10/8/2010 3:56:38 PM

because I don't want to pay a vet to do something I could easily do if allowed!

10/8/2010 1:45:37 PM

It shoud be required as should all recommended vaccines in order to get a yearly health certficate

10/8/2010 10:57:08 AM

There are less than 40 cases of rabies in a population of over 2 million horses.

10/8/2010 9:20:43 AM

our horse is around a marsh area with them. tests show in area. boarding facility demands

10/8/2010 9:02:15 AM

We don't have a problem with skunks here in central OR. We did in southern NM and we did vaccinate.

10/8/2010 12:29:24 AM

if it comes in to this area, I will do it

10/7/2010 11:44:34 PM

Because rabies is always fatal!

10/7/2010 9:51:09 PM

we don't have any wabbitts here^^^^^^

10/7/2010 9:06:37 PM

adverse reactions in 2 of my 5 horses

10/7/2010 9:00:38 PM

it's always fatal! A simple, cheap preventive measure.

10/7/2010 8:45:42 PM

live in a rabies prevelant area

10/7/2010 8:29:37 PM

It's 100% fatal...why take a chance?

10/7/2010 8:26:07 PM

My horses are turned out 24/7 with access to their stalls. There is much wildlife thru our pasture.

10/7/2010 8:04:52 PM

cannot afford not to

10/7/2010 7:47:19 PM

we dont have any problems in our area

10/7/2010 6:43:37 PM

currently financially unable

10/7/2010 6:26:21 PM

Rabies not a problem in NV & vaccines that I do give toxic enough!

10/7/2010 6:14:12 PM

I never considered it a priority in this area.

10/7/2010 5:59:16 PM

no reason

10/7/2010 5:45:07 PM

irresponsible not to vaccinate

10/7/2010 4:33:03 PM

live in a rural area, skunks abound

10/7/2010 3:43:09 PM

it's endemic in NC

10/7/2010 3:10:33 PM

An oz of prevention is worth a lb of cure. Live in an area where there is much wildlife

10/7/2010 3:03:42 PM

West coast cases for the first time in years.

10/7/2010 2:59:57 PM

We have never had a case of rabies in my area. I would, if necessary.

10/7/2010 2:59:28 PM

Raccoons, possums, coyotes.

10/7/2010 2:41:58 PM

we live and ride near the Gothe forest

10/7/2010 1:31:53 PM

I work at a lab - on the same floor as rabies lab- Have seen horse heads come through and think I wo

10/7/2010 11:38:35 AM

Part of herd health yearly

10/7/2010 10:58:55 AM

rabies have been noted in wildlife around the area in the past few years.

10/7/2010 9:46:13 AM

There are rabid fox in Western PA and it would be foolish to not vaccinate when there is a chance.

10/7/2010 8:47:21 AM

My horse has developed an increasingly severe reaction to the vaccine.

10/6/2010 11:40:21 PM

vet recommended

10/6/2010 10:41:31 PM

Because rabies is not treatable but easily prevented.

10/6/2010 10:33:43 PM

Always! Skunks and Racoons are frequent visitors around the farm.

10/6/2010 10:31:24 PM

Has to be done, non-negotiable

10/6/2010 10:10:06 PM

small cost compared to the consequences

10/6/2010 9:40:38 PM

Live in the center of town & have horses on large dry paddocks

10/6/2010 9:36:45 PM

We are in a rural area and subject to various wildlife

10/6/2010 9:23:58 PM

i don't know why

10/6/2010 9:21:47 PM

why take the chance, even if one in a million, that a rabid animal could bite my horse

10/6/2010 8:51:12 PM

can't imagine NOT vaccinating!

10/6/2010 8:33:57 PM

required for shows in my area

10/6/2010 8:23:33 PM

it is nys law

10/6/2010 8:18:49 PM

I have a small fenced area with little exposure to wildlife so I don't vaccinate for rabies

10/6/2010 8:17:40 PM

it's fatal all our racehorses at Laurelracetrack are vaccinated

10/6/2010 7:49:25 PM

I live on an island (Newfoundland) and we don't have rabies here. Did vaccinate while in Ontario.

10/6/2010 5:49:28 PM

Rabies are prevalent in my area of the country.

10/6/2010 5:29:57 PM

To protect the horse and all the come into contact with them

10/6/2010 4:40:59 PM

I do not feel it is necessary.

10/6/2010 4:23:35 PM

It's endemic in my area.

10/6/2010 4:11:52 PM

I wouldn't put my horses at risk by not vaccinating against rabies

10/6/2010 4:11:27 PM

every spring

10/6/2010 4:07:02 PM

It was included in my Potomac Fever vaccine

10/6/2010 4:00:07 PM

ALWAYS for all of my animals as we have rabies in VT.

10/6/2010 3:50:08 PM

Rabies vaccination was recommended by my vet

10/6/2010 3:46:41 PM

IWe vaccinate when the vet recommends it; he waits for reported cases in the area.

10/6/2010 3:42:25 PM

the alternative even if chances are low is scary

10/6/2010 2:52:12 PM

Lucky enough not to have it in New Zealand.

10/6/2010 2:42:12 PM

standard procedure / protocol

10/6/2010 2:30:50 PM

lots of wildlife in this area

10/6/2010 1:14:22 PM


10/6/2010 1:08:04 PM

I have skunks etc in my area & I live next to a wildlife area.

10/6/2010 12:47:21 PM

Vet did not recommend

10/6/2010 12:45:47 PM

every spring to protect me and my horse!!!!Absolutely!!

10/6/2010 12:20:19 PM

I live in California

10/6/2010 10:33:57 AM

Yes, just like my indoor cats who have access to a deck - bats!

10/6/2010 9:58:00 AM

We have rabid skunks.every year

10/6/2010 9:51:51 AM

Very important to protect your horse from Rabies

10/6/2010 8:45:22 AM

Absolutely! Why? Raccoons-Possums-Bats and positive rabies in my county...Ohio

10/6/2010 8:39:28 AM

Plenty of cases here in PA

10/6/2010 8:31:22 AM

PA has lots of rabies. 4th/50 states. 4 rabid horses so far in 2010

10/6/2010 8:22:44 AM

It's 100% deadly and 100% preventable! Why wouldn't you especially when it's transmitable to humans!

10/6/2010 8:21:28 AM

We're not in an area where rabies is an issue

10/6/2010 8:21:00 AM

It's not a problem where I live

10/6/2010 8:17:11 AM

lots of wildlife in our area; can never be too cautious

10/6/2010 7:54:46 AM

rabies in incurable

10/6/2010 6:26:22 AM

I beleive it is too risky not to, we vaccinate our dog so why not the horses.

10/6/2010 5:20:54 AM

Bad reactions to all vaccines!

10/6/2010 3:12:34 AM

You just need a rabid rat to run through the stables then disaster!!

10/6/2010 1:56:35 AM

Veterinarian recommended

10/6/2010 1:03:54 AM

do not feel it is necessary in my area

10/6/2010 12:43:12 AM

Rabid skunks in area

10/5/2010 11:52:53 PM

So little cost to prevent such a huge potential tragedy!

10/5/2010 11:45:50 PM

Why take a chance?

10/5/2010 11:30:08 PM

I don't wish to die of rabies due to unvaccinated horses, goats or pets

10/5/2010 11:19:23 PM

Not recommended by vets in our area

10/5/2010 10:43:45 PM

The cost of the vaccine is minimal compared to losing your beloved horse.

10/5/2010 10:32:52 PM

Rabies is endemic in the Southeast

10/5/2010 10:07:14 PM

cheap protection, makes sense

10/5/2010 10:07:09 PM

Have not owned either horse very long

10/5/2010 9:51:47 PM

because rabies is preventable

10/5/2010 9:48:34 PM

We have coons, possums & skunks. I shoot them, but more keep coming.

10/5/2010 9:33:02 PM

Live rurally, lots of skunks with rabies

10/5/2010 9:28:21 PM

I wouldn't never let me horses go without their yearly rabies shots. It's asking for trouble...

10/5/2010 9:26:29 PM

My vet said its not necessary

10/5/2010 9:24:48 PM

There's no cure for rabies! Protect you and your vet.

10/5/2010 9:23:17 PM

Foolish not to

10/5/2010 9:08:17 PM

Of course!

10/5/2010 9:08:03 PM

too expensive

10/5/2010 9:07:27 PM

For such a reasonable price why wouldn't every give rabies shot- unlike other diseases rabies is fat

10/5/2010 9:07:13 PM

we have wild animals in our area coyote ,fox,javalina,rabbits etc

10/5/2010 9:02:53 PM

I have vaccinated my horses since late 70s due to an outbreak in our area

10/5/2010 8:44:45 PM

I have 3 horses and live in an area surrounded by woods (chance of rabid raccoons, foxes, etc.)

10/5/2010 8:37:50 PM

never have and never will

10/5/2010 8:36:57 PM

I choose tovaccinate all my animals, and it's law in my state for showing, etc.

10/5/2010 8:23:11 PM

If the animal lives outside which mine does 98% of the time

10/5/2010 8:11:09 PM

protection from rabid skunks, raccoons or coyotes.

10/5/2010 8:11:07 PM

because it is a fatal disease.

10/5/2010 7:57:36 PM

why no, is your horses health not worth it?

10/5/2010 7:55:46 PM

Once you get rabies, there is no cure

10/5/2010 7:54:43 PM

yes, but both had adverse reactions to the vaccines

10/5/2010 7:46:00 PM

We live where there are critters.

10/5/2010 7:44:55 PM

My vet said, because of my horses' environment, he feels it's not necessary.

10/5/2010 7:26:17 PM

Several rabies cases in AZ. Recommended by vet.

10/5/2010 7:15:47 PM


10/5/2010 7:14:11 PM

I choose to not take the risk, there are many animals in our area that could carry rabies

10/5/2010 7:08:09 PM

My two horses, two donkeys and small pets are all vaccinated against rabies. We live in the country.

10/5/2010 7:03:31 PM

Rabies amongst all species was once epidemic in TX, it is recommended by local vets

10/5/2010 6:56:01 PM

Of course! Easy, efficacious, and not going to risk when it's always fatal

10/5/2010 6:54:20 PM

When it comes to rabies, you just don't take chances. Too many wild animals have it & can pass it on

10/5/2010 6:51:58 PM

Endemic in my area- and 100% fatal if not vaccinated!

10/5/2010 6:50:58 PM

Yes, every spring along with vet visit and other shots

10/5/2010 6:41:23 PM

Rabies is one of the most scary and dangerous diseases

10/5/2010 6:34:31 PM

Because my horse are turned out there for exposed to bats, skunks ect

10/5/2010 6:31:34 PM

Because it is in the wildlife population, is 100% fatal to horses, & the vaccine safe & effective.

10/5/2010 6:30:46 PM

simple vaccine, rabies endemic in area

10/5/2010 6:30:40 PM

No cure if they get it- very preventable.

10/5/2010 6:30:23 PM

recommended by my vetrinarian

10/5/2010 6:28:33 PM

veterinarian recommendation and boarding rules

10/5/2010 6:26:23 PM

None in the area

10/5/2010 6:26:05 PM

Lots of wildlife here.

10/5/2010 6:24:55 PM

My veterinarian said only bats carry rabies here in Idaho, so it's unneccesary.

10/5/2010 6:19:27 PM

I wouldn't subject my horse to a life threating disease which can be prevented

10/5/2010 6:14:05 PM

Large skunk population

10/5/2010 5:56:50 PM

Horses are grazers & this is where rabid animals can make contact.

10/5/2010 5:52:12 PM

Vet recommendation

10/5/2010 5:46:13 PM

It's part of the vaccines given for PREVENTION!

10/5/2010 5:44:21 PM

I don't vaccinate

10/5/2010 5:29:20 PM

Duh, "rabies is always fatal"

10/5/2010 5:23:17 PM

All are in pasture; in county were rabies has been reported.

10/5/2010 5:17:22 PM

Our area is not a high risk area.

10/5/2010 5:10:38 PM

I have 26 minis and all are UTD on rabies.. high wild rabies in our area.

10/5/2010 5:05:10 PM

Rabies is incurable, transmissable to humans, and is common among many wild & feral mammals.,

10/5/2010 5:03:41 PM

3 rabid skunks in the pasture in the last 5 years! Reason enough!

10/5/2010 5:03:28 PM

Many coyotes and other rabies carrying animals in our area. I want my horses to be protected.

10/5/2010 5:01:36 PM

I live in NC and rabies is quite common

10/5/2010 5:00:13 PM

Pandemic in mid-Atlantic region

10/5/2010 4:58:21 PM

In the US, it's foolish not to

10/5/2010 4:58:00 PM

Can't afford it.

10/5/2010 4:57:21 PM

There is not the option to do this in the UK.

10/5/2010 4:51:46 PM

rabies exists in an area that is close.

10/5/2010 4:50:18 PM

Because I work in animal control

10/5/2010 4:49:09 PM

pasture kept, cheap precaution

10/5/2010 4:47:33 PM

We are surrounded by woods, many wild animals, bear, coyote, moose, deer, etc. Don't take chances.

10/5/2010 4:47:32 PM

I only vaacinate for the "killer diseases": tetanus, WNV, EWV-EEE.

10/5/2010 4:46:40 PM

Rabies is pretty active here in Michigan. Better safe than sorry.

10/5/2010 4:45:56 PM

My horse is pasture boarded and e have a variety of wildlife (foxes, raccoons, opossums, etc) on t

10/5/2010 4:43:23 PM

absolutely, every year without fail.

10/5/2010 4:41:34 PM

Not needed this year in my area area --other years, yes.

10/5/2010 4:41:03 PM

it is fatal and there are rabid animals in the area.

10/5/2010 4:40:25 PM

It is not worth the risk on having my horse infect me.

10/5/2010 4:36:03 PM

Our horses are exposed coyotes, racoons and skunks all have the potential for transmitting rabies.

10/5/2010 4:35:26 PM

to be on the safe side

10/5/2010 4:28:50 PM

Because rabies is fatal and can be transmitted by other mammals in our area (bats, raccoons, opossum

10/5/2010 4:28:14 PM

It used to be when we lived where rabies was a threat, live in AK now.

10/5/2010 4:27:31 PM

She is in a box stall

10/5/2010 4:25:49 PM

Absolutely! We also give yearlt Rabies shots to all Barn Cats - we lost a horse locally to rabies.

10/5/2010 4:23:27 PM

If they even find one in your pasture, your horse is quarantined for 2 months!

10/5/2010 4:19:56 PM

Why take a chance, the vaccine is cheap compared to a dead horse.

10/5/2010 4:18:57 PM

Vaccines destroy the immune system.

10/5/2010 4:18:44 PM

Rabies is in the wildlife population in the area

10/5/2010 4:13:42 PM

I don't think they need it where I'm at.

10/5/2010 4:07:50 PM


10/5/2010 4:05:22 PM

We have had many cases here in Michigan. This spring we lost our 4 cats to rabies! WE VACCINATE

10/5/2010 4:03:33 PM

Rabies in our area is very rare

10/5/2010 4:02:24 PM

We have had documented cases of equine rabies in my area so prevention is key.

10/5/2010 3:57:51 PM

We have 15 horses and get them all vaccinated against rabies. Not worth the risk not to.

10/5/2010 3:55:46 PM

Going without could be catastrophic. We have wildlife in our area that could expose our horses.

10/5/2010 3:54:22 PM

Lawrence, KS

10/5/2010 3:53:35 PM

I live in a rural area where any kind of rabid critters can be.

10/5/2010 3:52:39 PM

For $12/horse - not worth taking the risk, Vaccinate

10/5/2010 3:52:35 PM

not willing to take a chance..live in a rural wooded area where wild life is active

10/5/2010 3:48:34 PM

Absolutely...why would anyone not??

10/5/2010 3:47:56 PM

Makes sense to protect your horse!

10/5/2010 3:46:18 PM

We trail live and ride where there is a large # of rabed sm. animals.

10/5/2010 3:44:09 PM

I have 10 horses and everyone is vaccinated with everthing recommended by my vet.

10/5/2010 3:43:32 PM

My vet recommended against it.

10/5/2010 3:43:31 PM

Would never take a chance by not vaccinating!

10/5/2010 3:43:29 PM

high rabies count in my county

10/5/2010 3:42:33 PM

it's mandatory in our province

10/5/2010 3:41:52 PM

Our area is inundated w/skunks lately

10/5/2010 3:40:53 PM

we have many animals in our area that have been reported with rabies, its a big precaution

10/5/2010 3:40:10 PM

Vet reccomends it!

10/5/2010 3:37:45 PM

cost of the vet visit.

10/5/2010 3:37:31 PM

Vet said not necessary where we live.

10/5/2010 3:37:08 PM

Recomendation of vets in Oregon all horses going to California need Rabies & Start here in 1 or 2 yr

10/5/2010 3:35:00 PM

My vet says it is not needed in our area.

10/5/2010 3:32:06 PM


10/5/2010 3:30:16 PM

Live in a rural area strongly recommended by vet

10/5/2010 3:28:30 PM

Rabies cases in the Denver area

10/5/2010 3:23:15 PM

Rabies found in a foal here in our town.

10/5/2010 3:22:39 PM

Concerned about skunks, racoons & other rabiles carriers-my horse goes after small animals!

10/5/2010 3:22:32 PM

yes, since 1984,my vet diagnosed donkey with rabies, Florida

10/5/2010 3:22:05 PM

vet recommends for our area of Texas

10/5/2010 3:21:12 PM

can only be administered by a vet

10/5/2010 3:20:54 PM

Because the horse can contract it and spread it to humans.

10/5/2010 3:20:37 PM

Rabies does not occur in Australia so it is not necessary for us.

10/5/2010 3:18:19 PM

Didn't we already do this question?

10/5/2010 3:17:58 PM

Vet doesn't recommend it

10/5/2010 3:16:59 PM

Very important

10/5/2010 3:15:31 PM

It's a MUST around here (NW North Carolina)

10/5/2010 3:15:14 PM

rabies is in my area.vets reluctant to treat neurological disorders w/o proof of vaccination.

10/5/2010 3:14:42 PM

The Area Vet say we are safe at this time

10/5/2010 3:14:29 PM

don't consider it much of a danger around here.

10/5/2010 3:12:13 PM


10/5/2010 3:10:50 PM

They are outside 24/7 and I know that you can't always stop the bite, you can stop the rabies.

10/5/2010 3:08:33 PM

All kinds of critters come up from the woods to the barn area.

10/5/2010 3:02:55 PM

It would be foolhardy in my part of CA not to vaccinate!

10/5/2010 2:53:43 PM

One of the least reactive vx and rabies would not only kill your horse but you as well

10/5/2010 2:51:20 PM

Why risk it?!?!

10/5/2010 2:50:41 PM

We have many skunks, bats and other critters that can carry rabies in the area

10/5/2010 2:40:49 PM

There are always rabies carrying animals around pastures & barns. Have always gotten since 1980's.

10/5/2010 2:40:46 PM

good security measure

10/5/2010 12:10:47 PM

state requirement for racing

10/5/2010 10:46:13 AM

It's a fatal disease. There is no cure. Not going to risk it!

10/5/2010 9:50:57 AM