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Equine vaccinations and tack sale slated at G'view fairgrounds

GRANDVIEW - To help raise money for the grooming of horse trails in Washington state, the Wine Country Riders will sponsor equine vaccinations and host a tack sale Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Grandview fairgrounds.

Horse, mule and burro owners will be able to bring their animals to the fairgrounds for shots or just purchase the vaccinations there and give the shots at home. Vaccinations offered will be West Nile virus, four-way and five-way shots.

The West Nile virus must be given once a year. Equines getting the shot for the first time must receive a booster in three to six weeks. The cost for the shot is $21.

The four-way shot covers eastern and western sleeping sickness, tetanus toxoid and influenza. The cost of this shot is $16. The five-way shot adds a vaccination for Rhino and costs $25.50.

Randy Ridenour, director of Wine Country Riders, said there isn't an extra charge to have the on-site veterinarian administer the shots at the March 29 clinic.

"The advantage is they don't have to pay for a farm call," he said. "That can be expensive compared with getting it for free."

The Wine Country Riders are a chapter of the Back Country Horseman of Washington. The Wine Country Riders organization will receive $2 on every vaccine sold. This money will help keep riding trails in Washington cleared, help with the organization's mailings and newsletter, and also will be used to support the state organization.

A tack sale with used horse blankets, pads and bridles will also be held that day.

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