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brook

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brook says:

Flu / Tetanus Vaccs and how they affect our horses.

Tenor and Tilly had their vaccinations on Friday, this was Tilly's second administration and she's due for her third in September. Saturday they both had the day off and just chilled in the field and this morning we took them out for a hack, on the way home poor Tilly was getting very tired so Mark dismounted and lead her  the last stretch home, she's definately feeling sorry for herself, she ate some hay in the field and then just stood in the corner with her head down. She's a very quiet little girl atm and I was wondering if this is normal after vaccinations ? She has'nt been drinking much either so if there is no improvement by tomorrow I will call my Vet. I'm just interested to know how if anyone else's horse reacts badly to vaccinations.  

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Flu / Tetanus Vaccs and how they affect our horses.

I never work my horses after they have had their jabs. I give them 3-4 days just relaxing in the field. Each horse reacts differently. Don't worry about her as she will be fine in a couple of days, if she isn't have a talk to your vet.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Flu / Tetanus Vaccs and how they affect our horses.

Ooops !! Vet said just give them 24hrs, i feel really mean now !

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Flu / Tetanus Vaccs and how they affect our horses.

Yeah, it seems to affect some more than others - but then they're all different - I think it can cause slight temperature rise as well, or am I mistaken?

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

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Horses are like people and each reacts differently and always gave my horse a couple of days off but me being paranoid tries to listen to my horse.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Flu / Tetanus Vaccs and how they affect our horses.

 I always used to give my horses a good 5 days off after vaccinations. But Welshie I stopped vaccinating years ago, every year she got worse and worse afterwards and it was taking her longer and longer to recovery, so I ewighed up the pros and cons and as she never leaves home decided to stop completely - well stop the flu, she has a tetanus every couple of years.

Every year now I turn myself inside out deciding whether to vaccinate or not - my mares never go anywhere and I question the harm they do - but then I always ended doing the other 2 oldies!  I did some research a million years ago and found a lot of horses who had never had vaccinations and lived long and healthy lives - and I mean into 30's with only illness being arthritis and alike - whereas other who were vaccinated always seemed to have something wrong - it would be interesting if someone did some real research over many years - I for one would love to see the true results.

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

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ive always gone with 24 hours no work then light work for the next 48. both of mine get a bit sleepy the first 24 hours but after that have never noticed any difference in them

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

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I hacked my cob out straight after he had his booster this time.  I asked the vet's opinion and she said that as long as it was a reasonably sedate ride (no sweating up) it was perfectly ok to ride.  The senior vet at the practice also said it was ok to ride.

 

Others on the yard give their horses varying amounts of time off after vacs, ranging from one day to one week.

 

I have never noticed any difference in Leo after his vacs, although we had to have Berti re-started last year and he had a severe reaction after the second part.  He was sweating, panting and covered in hives, and the site of the injection was really swollen.  He had to have steroids to bring it under control and our vet later advised that the vaccine manufacturer had paide for the emergency callout and treatment as they had 3 reactors from the same batch of vaccine.  We havent had to have the last injection done yet so hopefully he will be ok this time around.

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