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    12-30-2012, 04:27 PM
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Positive Coggins Test

Let me first say that no, my horse did not get a positive coggins test. When I bought my gelding, he came with no paperwork, and she did not have a current coggins since she had only just bought him from someone else whom she claims the coggins was expired. I figured, whatever, there are no other horses at my house and none around for at least a mile or two...

I sent my horse to a trainer recently, and furnished a negative coggins beforehand. Only today did it dawn on me, how irresponsible it was that I did not ask to see a current coggins on each of the horses at their location. Then I wondered, what really happens when a horse does get the disease? I googled it, and this woman's story popped up in the results, http://beyondthefenceline.m.webs.com/site/mobile?dm_path=%2Fpositivecoggins.htm&fw_sig_permi ssions=none&fw_sig_premium=1&fw_sig_permission_lev el=0&fw_sig_social=1&fw_sig_api_key=522b0eedffc137 c934fc7268582d53a1&fw_sig_session_key=3ce462d50c59 c6a92dcd44a7ec70269dc99ba034527adc93f7530f894f1b80 cf-59820394&fw_sig=bc3d45e716da94b7c5debba1bbbed40b&f w_sig_is_admin=0&fw_sig_site=59820394&fw_sig_time= 1356897560140&fw_sig_tier=1&fw_sig_url=http://beyondthefenceline.webs.com/&fw_sig_access_token=f17eb5e04c14f6a495cc9da9fb177 439dd5d4818&fw_sig_potential_abuse=1&fb_sig_networ k=fw#0031
Alright, that link was huge. Anyways, I read her story and my heart went out to her. It's awful what the state forces you to do to your loved one when they have this disease. I understand its for the well being of all other horses, and I certainly would be very stressed (not to mention I would send my horse away for a while) if I was notified of another horse in my area with this disease.
Has anyone ever aquired or owned a horse with this disease?
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    12-30-2012, 04:32 PM
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Green Broke
A negative Coggins test only says that the horse was negative when the needle was inserted. It could have been infected 2 seconds later. So, even if you saw the neg. Papers on all the other horses it's not saying much.
     
    12-30-2012, 04:52 PM
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Yes, but the peace of mind would be nice. The trainer was given two horses recently and I have no idea their health. I'm sure it's fine, and there isn't much to do in the way of prevention since the disease is transported by mosquitos of all creatures! Plus, there have not been any new cases in my area for several years.
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    12-31-2012, 02:24 AM
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Im am reading lots of laws being broken here, although states vary, a couple basic rundowns.
Your horse was most likely illegally transported if you put it on a public road, It definitely would be in NC, also in VA it is a misdemeanor to allow 2 horses from 2 different owners to come in contact without each having a negative coggins. If that trainer is bringing in untested horses could be some serious liability issues. Yes the test only shows that sample is negative, but an annual test has nearly wiped out the disease.
     
    12-31-2012, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
im am reading lots of laws being broken here, although states vary, a couple basic rundowns.
Your horse was most likely illegally transported if you put it on a public road, It definitely would be in NC, also in VA it is a misdemeanor to allow 2 horses from 2 different owners to come in contact without each having a negative coggins. If that trainer is bringing in untested horses could be some serious liability issues. Yes the test only shows that sample is negative, but an annual test has nearly wiped out the disease.
Around here, the only time I've ever heard of anyone testing for Coggins is when horses cross state lines, and even then the test is good for 6 months. Since we're moving, I had to have it done, and it's nice to know that I don't have to worry about it as long as I move before May, though I'm really not sure how safe that really is.
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    12-31-2012, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
im am reading lots of laws being broken here, although states vary, a couple basic rundowns.
Your horse was most likely illegally transported if you put it on a public road, It definitely would be in NC, also in VA it is a misdemeanor to allow 2 horses from 2 different owners to come in contact without each having a negative coggins. If that trainer is bringing in untested horses could be some serious liability issues. Yes the test only shows that sample is negative, but an annual test has nearly wiped out the disease.
Lol We're rednecks here in the south. And I live in a reallllllly small town. I don't care about the petty laws we broke to bring my gelding home. The laws were the least of my worries. Actually never even crossed my mind in the decision making as they weren't a factor. I was most concerned with getting him home in one piece. And everything panned out fine. :) also, I never said the trainer had untested horses. I said I never asked her for the proof.
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    12-31-2012, 03:20 AM
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Around here, the only time I've ever heard of anyone testing for Coggins is when horses cross state lines, and even then the test is good for 6 months. Since we're moving, I had to have it done, and it's nice to know that I don't have to worry about it as long as I move before May, though I'm really not sure how safe that really is.
Yeah when crossing state lines you'll have to stop at all the agricultural stations and show proof of a negative coggins and a health certificate. I keep a current coggins on my horse because the vet comes to our house every six months, so once a year he will pull one and it's good for a year, but he gets vaccines every six months. And I worm him monthly instead of waiting for the vet to do it.
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    12-31-2012, 04:27 AM
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Being a redneck or from a small town doesnt justify criminal behavior. Guess you only cared about getting YOUR horse home. I find it pretty hypocritical to not really care about getting your purchased horse tested before moving him, yet are now concerned with horses at a training facility.
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    12-31-2012, 05:07 AM
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Lol it's not criminal behavior here Dolly DoGooder. And why are you on my post judging me? What are you, the Lorax for the law? Lmfao we drove an untagged, unregistered trailer too! Also had an untagged and untitled farm truck pulling it. And to top it off, we went 5 mph over the speed limit all the way home. While drinking moonshine and shooting our double barrel shotguns out the window screaming Yeehaw. More than half of that is true.
I'm concerned because I feel like it should have crossed my mind sooner, whats the point in giving the trainer my paperwork and not asking to see the ones on hers? Especially after reading that woman's heart felt story. When you hear about these things you start to wonder "what if". The same goes for my children, that incident in CT, I was worried to death about my child's life at a public school thousands of miles from that place. "What if"? In both situations, I wouldn't be able to bare it.
I didn't test him before I transported him home because he was in such bad shape I wasn't even waiting the 24 hours for a rushed coggins. I was getting him the f*** outta Dodge. The girl I bought him from only owned him a short time, she managed to provide him a worse living situation than where she got him from. And he was feral. So... I think you're a fool.
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    12-31-2012, 05:53 AM
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I agree with Joe. Regardless 'mostly' of the living situation, the horse could have lived through a clean coggins test.
The law is law for a reason. EIA has no vaccine, is incurable and has no treatment. It is absolutely deadly to the horse and all his pasture mates and just awful for any owner not to take the disease seriously.
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