Coggins questions-test neg 1 yr ago-should I test before/after purchase?
So we've found an incredible horse that we are really and truly interested in adding to our family-she's amazing-but her last coggins, which was negative, was a year ago this month, so she's due for another obviously. I was considering having a vet go out and administer the test prior to purchase however he is wanting to charge much more for the test than my vet plus a very 'healthy' trip charge. My stables/vet here require quarrantine regardless of when the last coggins was-and they'll do one for me once we bring her to the quarrantine stables. My question is, should I just buy her and bring her on to my vet and the quarrantine and not worry/obsess over the coggins result or should I shell out the CONSIDERABLE money the vet there is asking and get the test first? I know the prevalence of EIA has declined greatly in Texas over the last few years (don't have data for 2011 yet, just all previous years) but don't know if that's because of better testing or lack of testing. Sigh. This horse is located a smidge over 2 hours away and we are all so in love with her already. Is EIA rare enough that I am obsessing too much or am I rightly concerned? I don't know what to do. We're not rich, but we're not broke-but we did just have a $700 repair bill on the truck yesterday and now have to put all new tires on the car today. I'm trying to keep expenses down and just don't know which end to do the coggins testing on. I'd greatly welcome any and all comments, suggestions, opinions, etc! Thank you all so much! :) (We CAN afford a horse, I just like to keep my expenses down as much as possible in every area that I can!)
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