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Does My Horse Need Fall Shots?
The answers is it depends. And of course, contact your veterinarian for their recommendations for your specific horse.
1) Does your horse go to shows, clinics, or anywhere it will come into contact with other horses?
Then yes – your horse would benefit from a flu/rhino booster in the fall.
2) Does your horse live at a boarding facility, or barn where other horses travel/come into contact with others?
Yes again, for a flu/rhino booster
3) Did your horse get a rabies vaccine in the spring?
If the answer is no, then a rabies vaccine in the fall is advised. The rabies vaccine should be given yearly, but is not season dependent. Some prefer to give the rabies vaccine separately from the other routine spring vaccines.
4) Did your horse get a tetanus vaccine in the spring?
As with the rabies vaccine, tetanus should be given yearly but is not season dependent.
5) Will your horse travel to a warmer climate for the winter?
Then yes, a flu/rhino booster is advised as well as a booster for the mosquito-borne viruses (West Nile, EEE, WEE).
6) Does your horse live in a barn with a closed herd (none of them ever leave and no new horses are added) and doesn’t travel and received all yearly vaccines in the spring?
Then no, your horse does not need a booster for flu/rhino.