Vaccines for your horse are the last line of defense
Excellent article with a great point that many horse owners believe their disease prevention program begins and ends with vaccinating. In my opinion many owners are over vaccinating and causing more problems than what they are trying to protect against.
In general, the horse industry is over-reliant on vaccines. Don’t get me wrong, vaccines are useful and are an important aspect of an infectious disease control program. However, they are just one tool and they should not be the first line of defense. Rather, I think we need to change our mindset and consider vaccines as a last line of defense.
When I think about disease control, I think about three main areas:
1) Decreasing exposure
2) Decreasing susceptibility
3) Increasing resistance