Vaccinations are an essential part of your horse’s health, whether they are for your competition horse or your family friend. They must be kept up to date to provide continuous immunity and to comply with Pony Club, Riding Club and many other regulatory authority rulings (eg BHA and FEI)
Vaccinations protect your horse against life threatening diseases such as tetanus, and diseases that can severely affect its health and performance, such as equine influenza (flu) and herpes virus infection.
Horses can be vaccinated against influenza from 6 months of age.
An initial course must be completed before only annual boosters are required.
- 1st vaccination
- 2nd vaccination between 21 and 92 days after the 1st vaccination
(OK to compete 7 days after this)
- 3rd vaccination between 150 and 215 days after the 2nd vaccination
After the initial three vaccinations the horse then requires annual boosters, the first of which must be within 12 months of the 3rd vaccination and annually thereafter.
Each annual booster must be within 12 months of the previous one and cannot be left to go even one day over the 12 month period.
Veterinary surgeons will NOT backdate passports and the entire course will need to be started again should this happen.
We do operate a text reminder service whereby a text is sent to the first mobile number registered on the client’s contact list. Our system is not infallible and it is possible that we have an incorrect or for example a previous groom’s number on our system. The message may not be delivered if the mobile is switched off or out of service at the time the reminders are sent.
BOURTON VALE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER FOR MISSED VACCINATIONS. IT IS ULTIMATELY THE OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT VACCINATIONS ARE DONE AT THE CORRECT TIME. PLEASE PUT THE NEXT DATE IN YOUR DIARY AS SOON AS A VACCINATION IS DONE.
Foals can be vaccinated from four months of age. If the mare was vaccinated the foal’s vaccines should be delayed until it is six months of age. A second vaccination should be given four to eight weeks after the first. A third vaccination should be given at 12 months and then every other year thereafter.
EHV (Equine Herpes Vaccination)
Pregnant mares can be vaccinated during their 5th, 7th and 9th month of pregnancy to minimise the chance of herpes virus abortion.
Pregnant mares can be vaccinated during their 8th, 9th and 10th month of pregnancy to minimise the chance and severity of rotavirus diarrhoea in foals.
Horses competing in international competitions must meet the health requirements of both the FEI and the country in which they compete. These requirements protect the welfare of competing horses and prevent the spread of disease between horses and/ or countries.
This table provides an overview of the health requirements for FEI events. However, as the health and disease status of horses is also a national and governmental responsibility; there may be different requirements in each competition country. It is recommended to check with National Federations, show organisers and governmental veterinary authorities for the latest importation, vaccination and other health requirements. Failure to comply with the relevant import and export requirements can be a very expensive and disappointing experience.
|Vaccination||Protocol||Eligibility to Enter Venue|
1st Vaccination: day 0 (e.g.1 January 2010).
2nd Vaccination: day 21-92 (e.g.1 February 2010).
|May compete 7 days after the 2nd Vaccination.|
|First Booster||Within 7 months of the 2nd vaccination of the Primary Course (e.g. 1 August 2010).||
May compete for 6 months +21 days after the 2nd vaccination of the Primary Course.
Must not compete in the 7 days after receiving a vaccination (e.g. may enter venue after 7 August 2010).
MINIMUM: within one year of previous booster vaccination.
COMPETING: must usually be in the 6 months +21 days of previous booster vaccination.
Must have been vaccinated with the 6 months +21 days before arriving at the Event.
Must not compete in the 7 days after receiving a vaccination.