With the warming weather, comes eventing shows which means a lot of travel for our equine friends. With this level of exposure, it’s important to speak with your vet and ensure your horse is protected from potential diseases. All horse owners need to guard against threats and prevent the spread of disease such as equine influenza.
Spring Means Increased Pathogens for your Rescue Horse
The approach of spring means more outings and greater exposure to pathogens for your horse. For best security, all horses should be vaccinated whether they are competing or not. Your vet will know what diseases are epidemic in your area and also nationwide if you have a traveling horse. Horses that are ages 1-5 are especially susceptible to contracting diseases such as influenza.
Vaccinating your Horse
Vaccination remains the most effective ways to prevent influenza in horses. However, the defense is rather short-lived so semi-annual booster may be a good idea. Especially if you have traveling, hunting, or horse that may come into contact with unvaccinated pasture buddies. Due to the risk, many racing and eventing shows even make vaccination a requirement for competition.
Equis Save Foundation
Equis Save Foundation’s mission is to protect abandoned, neglected, and slaughter bound horses. We also raise awareness through Rescue Recognition Award Programs. So if you’re traveling to one of our approved shows to show your rescue horse, make sure you and your equine partner are properly protected this season from potential diseases. For more information, view our approved rescue horse shows and requirements.