This is just a reminder that as I write this in early April, show season is around the corner. You can’t show your horse in even the smallest of shows without a coggins test, which must have a negative reading. Coggins papers are good for one year and are accepted within this time line for most instances. Some of the larger shows may require a coggins test that is no older than six months. Check the show rules for what is required. If you haven’t done so, schedule a visit to the vet to get your horse’s vaccinations & coggins. Now is the time to do it.
There are basic shots you should give your horse. Different areas may suggest different combinations of vaccinations. For instance, I give my horses flu/rhino, West Nile/EE/WE/VE/tetanus, and rabies shots. If you are unsure of what vaccinations your horse needs for your area, ask your vet.
I would also suggest that if you have a new horse, have the vet give the shots. One reason is that you may not know how the horse acts around the vet. The vet & the vet tech handle all temperaments of horses every day and are better equipped to handle a rowdy patient. Also, in case the new horse has an allergic reaction to one of the shots, the vet is right there to handle the emergency.
Keep your horse’s vaccinations & wormings up to date. I know this is not the “fun stuff” but vaccinations are not the place to skimp on your horse budget.