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Indigo had her annual vaccinations, though it seems she gets her tetanus shot several times a year due to her injuring herself just by looking at something pointy.
Indigo is such a good horse when it comes to our vet known to us as Dr.Bob. He came to float her teeth, give her a physical and collect some manure for a fecal exam.
I do most of my shots myself. Not only does it save money but it saves the poor horses from associating a vet visit with being stabbed by a stranger, which a lot of them do remember year after year.
Doing shots intramuscular, meaning in the muscle, is a relatively simple process that ALL horse owners should know how to do. You never know when your horse is going to get hurt and you are going to have to administer medication this way. It is always wise to have someone help you if your horse is not that good with needles.
Pick a spot as indicated below by the blue dots/boxes.
Anyplace within the blue boxes/dots is an acceptable spot for a intramuscular injection.
It's the spots on the body that have the thickest muscle.
I do my shots in the triangle on the neck. It's quickest and if you have a horse that has issues when they get their shots done your not going to be in the way of flying hooves.
Shots for my area that are recommended are west nile, rhino, rabies, 4 in 1 (tetanus, eastern+western encephalitis and influenza). Plus I get their teeth done once a year. I do them all myself minus rabies.
I had to get Dr.Bob to administer her rabies vaccine since that is one I cannot obtain and do myself. She got her joints checked and her teeth floated. So did Keebler. Neither of them or the other horses had to be sedated to get their teeth done.
He noted as he checked Indigo's joints and knees for a horse her age (shes 18 this year) she has such good knees and an excellent, very strong heartbeat.
After a quick lameness test on Indigo's knees (she trips sometimes when I ride her but shes a little base narrow in front we have figured thats what causes it) we gathered a fecal sample from her and Keebler to have checked to know what we need to worm for.
Dr.Bob checked her shoulder where she lacerated it last fall and he couldn't believe how well it had healed. Take a look for yourself.
I hope this is our only vet visit this year but knowing my horse there may be another.
Do any of you do your own shots? Why or why not? Do you have the vet out in spring to have shots done? What do you get done other than shots.
(Note: Some of you seen a post that appeared but when you clicked on it in your reader it said it was not there. Blogger decided to post a post that was not supposed to be posted. I deleted it but for some reason it still shows up)