Vaccination Alert

by Linda Greenlaw
Many informed horse owners, trainers, breeders, holistic veterinarians and horse lovers are questioning the possible over-vaccination of their horses. Other people respond in shock to the question about whether or not to vaccinate, at all. People aren't vaccinated yearly, so why should we vaccinate our horses so often?

Many equine (and small animal) vets believe that the modern epidemics of illnesses (such as hypothyroidism, immuno-suppression, hormonal imbalances and allergies) as well as diseases (such as encepholytus, tetanus and numeritis) may be traced, in part, to improperly spaced vaccinations and/or multiple or “poly-vaccinations” commonly called “cocktails” or “shotguns”.

The Particular vaccines in the northeast, are for Eastern and Western Equine Encephalytis, Flu, Rhino, Tetanus and Titus. Symptoms of this vaccination overload can take upto three months to appear. Some of the symptoms of Rhino Vaccinations are Laminitis and Hoof Abcesses.

Both Equine and small animal vets agree with the opinion of immunologist, Dr. Ronald Schultz, of the University of Wisconsin; who insists that “Not vaccinating at all, will be a much greater threat (to your horse).” A balance between vaccinations and holistic prevention is absolutely critical.

For those that compete, there is no choice, they need the paperwork, for competitions; they must vaccinate. These vets would much prefer to see these people give separate vaccines, two weeks apart, with homeopathic antidotes to lessen the side effects. Equine homeopathic Nosodes are very helpful in this case, for a vaccine detox.

Dr. Roger De Haan, DVM, is a holistic vet (specializing in horses as well as cats and dogs) who recently located from Massachusetts to Minnesota, offers the following, regarding vaccinations:

1) A natural diet with supplements, is the best way to keep your horse's immune system strong;

2) Use acceptable national brands of vaccine, with proven efficacy only;

3) Antidote vaccine problems with homeopathic remedies; both the vets in this article, recommend that a Vet is consulted, and both vets offer various homeopathics for sale.

Make sure you are careful to follow the holistic vet's instructions carefully.

4) Nosodes have been used successfully, but one must be very careful with them; there have not been enough clinical testing to understand fully how they work.

5) “Vaccinosis”, antigentic over-load, and vaccine related illnesses can best be treated with:
a) homeopathics, b) dietary supplements and, c) a more natural diet.

Dr. Stuart Hodder, DVM is a holistic vet, practicing from North Brookfield, Massachusetts. His specialty is chronic and/or “incurable” health problems; especially vaccine related ones.

Dr. Hodder aims to correct the problems horses sometime have from excessive use of vaccines. He travels only inside Massachusetts, although he does accept horses for treatment to be trucked to him, with notice. Dr. Hodder also does phone consultations; his number is (508) 867-6898.

In Summary, concern for the well-being of your horse must be the driving motive in arriving at a conclusion about the vaccination schedule and type you use.

Countless unvaccinated animals have died over the years, of preventable illnesses and/or diseases. Vaccinations are part of the solution to prevent that from happening to your horse, but only part.

Proper care of the immune system, good nutrition, and good management practices must be the other part of the overall picture of a healthy horse.


Now please, go out and have fun with your healthy horse!