07-07-2010, 10:26 AM
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In Canada, I never had to do Coggins for anything. Never heard of it until I moved here.
I've been here for 4+ years now and have to do it every year or I wont beable to show, or move to a barn or yadda yadda yadda.
I think it is a waste of money though, beacuse your vet could draw blood at 12:00pm Monday afternoon, and then take that untainted blood to the lab. Just after the vet draws the untainted blood, a mosquito who is infected could bite your horse at 12:01pm and your horse is now infected, but you'd never know because the results that you'd get back would be negative.
So you could be infecting other horses throughout the whole season, without knowing it, and you could have an infected horse, without knowing it.
I do it because I have to, but I shake my fist at it. Lol