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Myth Busting

Myth: Tetanus is straightforward to treat.

This is untrue: about 80% of infected horses die from tetanus.1

If diagnosed early, your vet may treat your horse with large doses of antibiotics, usually penicillin, and administer the tetanus antitoxin injection.2 Sadly, however, many owners are still faced with having to euthanase their horse on humane grounds.2

Myth: Tetanus is caused by rusty nails or rusty fences
When your horse steps on a rusty nail or is scratched by a rusty barbed wire fence, it IS at risk of tetanus, but that’s not because of the rust; it’s because of the tetanus spores on the nail or the fence.




  1. Hoare R. Horse health – vaccination against tetanus and strangles. PrimeFact 495, June 2007. NSW Department of Primary Industries.
  2. Queensland Horse Council Inc. Tetanus Fact Sheet, May 2010.