Recommended Vaccinations for Horses and Foals:


At birth, if mare did not receive a Tetanus booster within the last 60 days prior to foaling, foal should receive a Tetanus antitoxin. Navel should be dipped with Nolvasan several times the first day.

Beginning at 3 months of age, the foal should be dewormed and its vaccination program started.

Between 4 and 6 months of age, the foal should receive an initial vaccination of the following:  EWT and West Nile Virus, Rhino/Flu, Rabies, and Pinnacle (Strangles Vaccine).  Each vaccine should be boostered one month after administration. (Strangles Booster 2-3 weeks)


3 months- EWT (Sleeping Sickness/Tetanus) and West Nile Virus Rabies

3 months and 2 Weeks old- Rhino/Flu Pinnacle (Strangles)

4 months- EWT Booster, WNV Booster Rabies Booster Pinnacle Booster

4 months and 2 Weeks- Rhino/Flu Booster

Between 6 and 12 months, it is also recommended to booster the vaccinations above.

Adult Horses

Annual vaccinations for adult horses include:

EWT (Annually)

West Nile Virus (Annually)

Rabies (Annually)

Pinnacle (Annually)

Rhino/Flu (At least every six months)

Protection from this vaccine lasts 3-4 months.

Should be boostered 2-3 weeks prior to exposure to outside horses. (i.e.; shows, trail rides, etc.)

Potomac Horse Fever (Bi-annually)

Pregnant Mares – At 5, 7, and 9 months of pregnancy, a mare should receive a Pneumabort K vaccine to protect against Rhino induced abortions. Within 60 days prior to foaling, the mare should receive an EWT.

Call if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!
Dr. Rick R. Smith and the Equine Clinic Staff