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Vaccine Recommendations

Vaccine Clinics are currently being scheduled for barns that have eight or more owners.  Farm calls will be split between owners, and vaccine prices will be discounted.  Please call today to set up your barn's vaccine clinic.

Spring Vaccine Recommendations 

  • Visit 1: Rabies, Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis (Flu/Rhino) and your horse’s annual Coggins test. 
  • Visit 2 (approximately 3 weeks after 1st visit): Eastern Encephalitis, Western Encephalitis, Tetanus & West Nile Virus (EWT/WNV) /- Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) and Strangles.

Save money on your farm call by combining your horse’s annual oral exam, Powerfloat® and sheath cleaning at one of your scheduled vaccine appointments.  

Fall Vaccine Recommendations


Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis (Flu/Rhino) - Should be given every 6 months.  In horses that travel frequently or have high volumes of traffic into the barn, booster every 3-4 months.

Eastern Encephalitis, Western Encephalitis, Tetanus & West Nile Virus (EWT/WNV) - Booster if the inital series was given before April 15th of the same year and mosquitoes are still active or if traveling south for the winter.

Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) - Booster every 6 months if traveling to endemic areas (New York, mid-east US states)

Broodmare Pre-Foaling Vaccines

Killed Rhinopneumonitis (Pneumobort-K): 5, 7 and 9 months gestation

Pre-foaling Vaccines are given 4 to 6 weeks prior to the mare's due date and are split into two visits: 

  • Visit 1 (6 weeks prior to foaling): EWT/WNV, PHF
  • Visit 2 (4 weeks prior to foaling): Flu/Rhino, Strangles IM (killed), /- Rabies

*If the mare received a Rabies vaccine prior to breeding, she does not need it at this time.

* Boosters will need to be planned for injectable Strangles if she has not been receiving the injectable form all along.  These boosters may be done at visits one and two.

Mares should also be dewormed with a pyrantel or ivermectin-containing product to kill roundworm (ascarid) larvae that might be transmitted through the udder to the foal at this time.

Foal Vaccines (from mares with an up-to-date vaccine history)


  • Visit 1 (5 months of age): EWT/WNV#1, PHF #1
  • Visit 2 (6 months of age): EWT/WNV #2, PHF #2
  • Visit 3 (7 months of age): Rabies #1, Flu/Rhino #1, Strangles (IN) #1
  • Visit 4 (8 months of age): Rabies #2, Flu/Rhino #2, Strangles (IN) #2

Foals should be dewormed starting at 6 weeks of age and every 6 weeks thereafter, using traditional rotational deworming. Fecal samples should be submitted routinely.

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