Any horse can get sick at any time. However, horses that are on the move — to horse shows, rodeos, the racetrack, the breeding shed, trail rides, etc. — are especially susceptible to diseases spread by other horses.
In addition, travel stress can weaken the immune system horses use to naturally fend off illness.
Vaccinating your horse at the right time, well before exposure to viral and bacterial diseases, is extremely important. Your veterinarian remains the best source for advice on an appropriate immunization program and other aspects of your horse's health.
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Vaccination programs may vary depending upon needs specific to your horse. Considerations might include: environment, travel, age, gender, use, and other factors.
Make sure you consult with your veterinarian concerning an appropriate vaccination program for your animal. Keep in mind that the plan should be re-examined as time and circumstances change.