This is the first year in a while that my horses have had reactions to their spring shots. My thirty year old mare, Sparky, was just fine, but that is because we front load her with IM Banamine before the shots, and then I give her a half dose (500 lb.) that evening and then another half dose in the morning. At her age, I don't even want her to look at me funny after getting her shots! I don't mess around with a geriatric mare who is prone to colic anyway. So my is in totally agreement to my desire to give her the Banamine regardless.
Thankfully, Reva and Dreamy's reactions were pretty mild. Reactions to vaccinations are common and usually resolve on their own fairly quickly. The morning following their shots (Tuesday), Reva acted as though she felt "yucky" and had a fever of 102.2. Reva is probably the least stoic of all three mares and it is very obvious when she does not feel good. I swear she does the horse equivalent of a sick kiddo who wants mom to snuggle them on the couch. She practically begs to have her head hugged and will lean down onto my chest and stay there. It would be quite cute if she was not sick. Reva had a dose of the Banamine that morning and then Bute that night. She did not have a fever the next day (Wednesday) and was a bit subdued but definitely felt better. By Thursday she was totally fine.
Dreamy was stocked up in all four legs on Tuesday morning. I gave her Bute and turned her out for the day, knowing that moving around is much better than standing in a stall all day. She was totally sound and her legs had no heat, they just looked like stovepipes. That evening they hadn't gone down that much, so I gave her more Bute and wrapped her in Back on Track standing wraps for four hours and then regular quilts and standing wraps overnight. On Wednesday morning her legs were just a tad puffy, so I discontinued the Bute and just turned her out and did the regular standing wraps overnight again. By Thursday morning her legs were tight and normal.
None of them had any neck swelling, which has usually been the common reaction around here. This was the first time I had a horse stock up after vaccines in my almost twenty years of horse ownership.
Obviously it could have been worse, so I am thankful their reactions were typical and resolved without too much trouble. How about your horse(s)? Do your horses have spring shot reactions? Do you do anything special (space out the shots, pretreat with an NSAID, etc.)?