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post #1 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Papers for showing and rodeos?!?!

So it's been a few years since I last showed...Today I went and got the coggins and Rabies done..They kept asking if I want a Health Certificate done. I said no, because I'm unsure if I need it or not. Somebody help me, what is it? And do I need it here in PA if I'm just going to a fair down the road. I'm so confused!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 01:04 PM
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I'm not sure, but I do believe you need a health certificate (which shows the vacc. Your horse has)
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 01:08 PM
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I would just get the health certificate (A.K.A. A CVI, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection). Basically, it's a form that the vet will fill out stating that your horse is not (at least not obviously) sick, often the dates and results of diagnostic testing/vaccinations is on the CVI as well. My vet doesn't charge extra for it, and a lot of places in PA require them in addition to the "standard" neg. Coggins and rabies certs. It's a relatively new requirement, at least wherever I go, and many places require that the CVI be dated within x number of days of the event, I know my local fair requires one dated within 30 days of Fair Week. Even if I don't plan on showing, I usually have one done, just so I have it.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies. I vaccinated her myself, So do I still need the health cert., or what do I do?
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 07:32 PM
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As long as you have the Coggins and Rabies paperwork, other vaccinations don't matter on the CVI. It's essentially an extra hoop to jump, if you know what I mean. All it says is that a vet saw your horse on such and such date, and he was healthy then. As long as your show entry asks for it, you should be able to produce it at sign-in. I know people who do the bare minimum vet requirement (only Coggins and Rabies) to show, and they still need a CVI for certain shows and events. I usually have mine given West Nile, Strangles, and what the vet calls a 4-way that includes several vaccines in one shot, in addition to the basic Coggins and rabies, and that is written on the CVI, but the presence of the notation, or lack thereof, isn't that important, as long as you have the paper. Yeah, it gets confusing, and a little wierd. I chased these papers across 2 states because the CVI requirement was implemented the year I bought my first horse. He came with a Coggins and rabies, both within date, but I needed to find his old vet to get a CVI, that I didn't know I needed until the last minute, ha ha.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much. I've been reading a million different things all day, one thing says this another says this..It was just getting me confused and frustrated. Now I feel much better, I'll just have to call the vet.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 08:26 PM
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No problem ! Glad to help. Good luck at your shows!

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 11:54 PM
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You definitely need it to cross state lines if you happen to pass the ag inspection station. I know Fl and Ca are sticklers - not sure about other states. I, myself, do not get H.C. For shows in state. Most of the time I get one when I go across the Fl line.


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post #9 of 9 Old 08-03-2009, 11:59 PM
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In FL & SC we are charged a fee for the H.C. - main reason I hate them - and they are only good for 30 days. My vet just checks the temp and makes sure there are no nasal or ocular discharges and makes sure coggins is current - nothing is noted on the vaccine history.


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