Regular vaccinations ensure that your horse has maximum protection against infectious diseases in the UK that can cause serious and sometimes fatal, illness. We strongly recommend that all equines are vaccinated against equine influenza and tetanus. If you wish to compete your horse in an equestrian sport, vaccination will be a requirement of the governing body.
Equine influenza is a highly contagious viral disease of the respiratory system, caused by different strains of the influenza virus. Horses can contract the disease either from direct contact with an infected horse or through contaminated environment/air. It spreads very rapidly as infected horses incubate the virus for only 1-3 days before developing symptoms. The disease can quickly deteriorate into life threatening bronchitis or pneumonia and when recovering, horses are often susceptible to secondary infection as they are left in a debilitated state. Naturally we recommend vaccinating horses against disease.
Equine influenza vaccine schedule:
- A primary course of two injections given between 21 and 92 days apart.
- A third injection given between 150 and 215 days (5 and 7 months) after the second injection.
- Annual boosters are required thereafter (must be given within 365 days of the previous injection).
Some governing bodies (FEI, HRA) require booster injections every 6 months. During the current period of increased frequency of positively diagnosed influenza cases, many establishments will require 6 month boosters.
Tetanus is usually fatal and is caused by the soil borne bacterium Clostridium tetani contaminating any wound however small. Because the incubation period is 7-21 days the wound is very often healed by the time symptoms start to show. The risk of tetanus is significant and ever present and approximately 90% of unvaccinated horses who contract tetanus don’t survive. Those that do survive require intensive veterinary care for at least 6 weeks.
The risk of tetanus is significant and ever present and approximately 90% of unvaccinated horses who contract tetanus don’t survive. Those that do survive require intensive veterinary care for at least 6 weeks.
Vaccination against the disease is very effective and is strongly recommended. Tetanus vaccination is commonly combined with influenza vaccination and if you follow the vaccination schedule for the combined vaccination your horse should be protected against tetanus.
When using separate vaccines, the tetanus vaccination schedule is as follows.
Primary course two injections 4 – 6 weeks apart.
First booster within 12 months of the second primary injection
Subsequent boosters only needed every 2 years.
We advise that all horses are vaccinated against tetanus even if they do not travel or mix with other horses. In some cases we will recommend vaccinating against other diseases such as EHV and rotavirus. We are happy to advise when these might be required
If you wish to compete your horse or pony, the society with whom you compete will state which regulations they expect you to follow.
No vaccination should be given within the 7 days preceding competition
Riding club, pony club and affiliated events all adhere to the racing authority rules
For horses (competing) registered under FEI rules a primary course of injections is given as above. Following that there must be a first booster within 7 months and then at least annual boosters given. To compete under FEI rules a booster vaccination must be given within 6 months + 21 days of the competition. No vaccination is to be given within 7 days of competition.
Whilst we endeavour to send vaccination reminders by email or text it remains the owner’s responsibility to ensure their horse’s vaccinations remain up to date.
Horses’ pre-molars and molars grow about 3mm per year. Uneven wear can lead to sharp edges that may ulcerate the tongue or cheeks making eating painful. It is recommended your horse’s mouth is examined at least once a year for sharp edges as well as other problems such as hooks or ‘wavemouths’. The annual booster vaccination is an ideal time to do this and correct any problems by burring.
Unfortunately despite modern drugs, worms are still very common and cause weight loss, diarrhoea and colic. It is important to use worming drugs carefully to prevent resistance building up. We have two worming regimes: (1) A ‘blanket’ programme which uses drugs to prevent a build up of worms; and (2) A ‘targetted’ programme which aims to identify which horses need treating. See opposite for downloadable information. Please contact us to discuss which is most appropriate for your horse.
Good quality and well trimmed hooves are vital for soundness. We have excellent relationships with local farriers and work together to optimise foot health. X-rays are frequently employed to assess the balance of bones within the hoof and are invaluable in guiding the farrier how to trim the feet.
Horse Health Plan
What is an Equine Health Plan?
‘A comprehensive scheme that will provide preventative health care for your horses.’
What are the components of our EHP?
- It is based on veterinary examinations every six months. Frequent visits help detect problems early on and are a forum to discuss issues such as diet, dentistry, worming, general health and shoeing.
- Clinical examinations check the major organ systems, such as the heart, eyes, mouth, lungs, skin and limbs.
- Dental examinations and treatments as required ensure comfortable, efficient eating and proper biting. The use of motorised burring is included in the plan.
- Influenza and tetanus booster vaccinations are administered annually.
- Horses should have had their primary course prior to enrolment.
- Three faecal samples are collected annually and tested for redworm eggs. The results are used to formulate a personalised worming schedule.
- On completion of the examination a written report including a dental chart and a weigh tape record will be made for you to keep with your horse’s passport.
- A 10% discount on all equine veterinary services is applied to your account when you subscribe to the plan.
The cost of the plan is spread evenly by a monthly standing order.
- The charges are; £17 per horse per month,
- £14 for second horse per month and
- £11 per month, for any additional horses.