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post #1 of 16 Old 01-19-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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coggins test

We are going to breed our mare Dixie this spring for the second time. The stallion is a Morgan and he has never been offered to the public because he is only 3. The owner of the stud is requesting a coggins test. I've talked to a few people around here with some top performance stallions, and they think its crazy to ask for this. I'm unfamiliar with a coggins test as I never cross the boarder with my horses. Any information and/or thoughts on this would be a big help.
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-19-2010, 11:15 PM
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The Coggins test checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). EIA is not curable and often leads to death. It is spread by horseflies so if your horse has been bitten by a horsefly that has recently bitten an infected horse, your horse could get EIA. Many horses don't show symptoms and look perfectly healthy, yet still carry the virus. Coggins test are required at shows and trail rides, so why would the breeder not want one? He is putting his horse at risk by not asking for one. Anytime your horse is going to be around other strange horses, it should be required that a current coggins is in hand. It can save your horses life.

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Coggins are kind of controversial, I think it is not out of the ordinary to ask for a coggins before the horse is moved, most board barns ask for it before you bring a new horse, and shows require that you have a current year negative coggins, however it is only good the day it is drawn.

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A coggins is a mandatory requirement at every horse show; public trail; organized trailride; most, if not all boarding stables; auctions; crossing any state line; etc. that I'm aware of. Every breeder that I know requires it and it is only valid for 1 year. Every spring I have my vet out to give shots and pull blood.

The controversy around it's significance is, as QHDragon said, that it is really only good on the day it's pulled since a horse can become affected moments after their blood is drawn.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-21-2010, 06:27 PM
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I think by law if you cross state lines you have to have one. You mentioned in your post that you were crossing a state line that you called a border.
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post #6 of 16 Old 01-21-2010, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.

Churumbeque I said "I'm unfamiliar with a coggins test as I *never* cross the boarder with my horses." I was asking about a breeder requiring one.
Sorry if I was unclear.
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I'm assuming that you're shipping your mare for a live cover....in this case I think its perfectly reasonable. They will be housing your mare while she is bred, and don't want any of their horses at risk. If they're simply shipping semen to you, I would think that's a little wierd.
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-22-2010, 12:24 AM
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She should be asking for all your horses vet records as well as a coggins. Any you should be asking for hers.

If you've bred you mare before I would get the vet to make sure she dosent have any STDs.

We have coggins drawn every year, no matter what. If you horse test positive I think you have to wait, have the barn quaranteened and do a retest, If its still positive you have to put the horse down.
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Around here, I've never heard of anyone needing a coggins unless they are coming from out of state. When we move horses from one boarding barn to another, they just need the current health record, make sure the horse is updated on shots, and wormed, and overall healthy. Same with all the shows I've done. And I did do a show at an international equestrian center in my area, and they didn't ask for a coggins. But I don't think that its unreasonable for the stallions owner to want to take as many precautions as possible.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-22-2010, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your help. It's just new to me because I've done lots with my horses including breeding, small shows and kept my horses at different barns and it's never been required anywhere around here.
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