Heads-Up For Horse Show-ers!

If you regularly show your horse at United States Equestrian Federation-recognized events, you have one more thing to take care of before you load up the trailer next season (besides the extra leadline, of course–you did remember to order an extra one, right?).

ruby headshotIn case you haven’t already heard, USEF has declared that beginning December 1, all horses at sanctioned shows must be vaccinated against equine influenza virus and equine herpesvirus within the past six months. If you’re shipping into a show grounds for one of these events you’ll need to have proof of vaccination for your horse.

The guidelines are in line with the recommendations of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which suggests twice annual boosters for both these diseases for horses leaving the farm frequently.

The philosophy is that both influenza and herpesvirus can spread rapidly when horses are housed close together, and both can become serious medical conditions very quickly.

If you have a horse with a history of adverse reactions to these shots, you’ll be exempt from the requirement, but will need to bring documentation from your veterinarian attesting to the reaction.

Read more at Practical Horseman


Posted on November 20, 2015, in Helpful articles and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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