Vaccinations are an important part of your horse’s routine healthcare. Every horse must be protected against Tetanus. If not combined with Influenza vaccination then the initial Tetanus vaccination course consists of two injections 4 to 6 weeks apart. Thereafter a booster vaccination should be given at least every 2 years.
Combined Vaccination against Equine Influenza and Tetanus
- 1st Equip FT after 5 months old
- 2nd Equip FT within 30-90 days after 1st vaccination
- 3rd Equip FT within 180-210 days after 2nd vaccination
- Booster vaccination annually (within 365 days)
- Pregnant mares should be given a booster vaccination 4-6 weeks before foaling so that passive immunity is passed to the foal in the mare’s milk. These protected foals should start their primary course at 5 months of age.
- Unprotected foals should be protected with an injection of tetanus antitoxin serum within 24 hours of birth. These foals should have an extra vaccination at 3 months of age, then start their primary course as normal at 5 months old.
Old Stone Vets will try to inform you when your horse’s boosters are due. However it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their horse’s vaccines are up to date especially if competing.
Tetanus only vaccination
Tetanus is a terrible disease caused by clostridium tetanii. This can cause paralysis and death over a short period of time if contracted from an untreated cut or rusty nail injury. Please ensure that your horse/pony has the basic tetanus vaccine every 2 years to provide protection against this awful condition.