Crossing Boundaries: Broodmare Vaccination

Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can use to protect broodmares and their foals from disease, and even death.

Since there isn’t a one-size-fits-all vaccination protocol for every broodmare or breeding operation, owners should work closely with veterinarians to design a plan that fits the needs of individual mares, as well as the entire herd. Factors to consider are the age and health of each horse, the geographic location of the farm, and any unique circumstances that heighten horses’ risks of getting various diseases, including exposure to outside horses or to wildlife.