This winter there was an outbreak of strangles at a local boarding facility. It was kind of an ongoing thing... it would seem to be over only to have a new horse break out. Things seem to have finally resolved themselves but Kimfer and I decided to play it safe and vaccinate our horses as a lot of horses involved travel in our barrel racing circle.
We did all 5 a few weeks ago (my 3 and Kimfer's 2, her dad chose not to) and then followed up with the second dose. I chose to do Cessa because she may not travel but I would feel terrible if I brought it home to her. Funny thing, she was the only one that took both doses like a champ... the second time she wasn't even haltered! lol Just stuck the tube in her nose and shot the syringe.
Baron was good the first time but fought it the second time, Isis, Applejack and Voodoo fought both times. And while its frustrating to have to fight with them for something that's for their own health I understand, I wouldn't want a tube shoved in my nose either especially if I couldn't understand why.
I have to say Voodoo was pretty funny. He didn't toss his head around and act like a goof like the other horses. His method of fighting was to raise his upper lip in the Flehmen response. Which may not seem like much of a "fight" until you try to stick a tube in those squished down nostrils!! lol It was frustrating but at the same time funny so Kimfer and I are trying to be stern and get the job done while fighting off giggles.
The second time we did Isis I "twitched" her ear with my hand so it went a bit easier and Kimfer discovered that if we stuck a finger in Applejack's mouth to distract him (not near his teeth, didn't want to get accidentally bit!) he would cooperate a bit.
Next up is deworming, which thankfully is not much drama with my ponies, and then pretty soon we'll be doing our regular vaccinations.