Trainer not requiring negative coggins test?
I'm trying to find a trainer to send my 4 year old to, to be started. I'm looking in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
I contacted a reputable, well known trainer who has been in the business for like 30 years. We talked for a while and the topic of vaccinations, worming and farrier work came up. They need all horses to have their vaccinations done, be recently wormed, etc. I thought I already knew the answer but asked anyway if coggins tests were required and they said NO... what the heck???? Where I live you can't board a horse, take it to a trainer, or to ANY horse show/event/clinic without having a recent, negative coggins test done and the papers in hand.
Is it common down south to NOT do it or what? I've heard that EIA has been an issue lately in SK... so that scares me! I understand their reasoning in that a horse can test negative one minute and then be bitten a minute later by a mosquito and come up positive. But, shouldn't we be doing all we can to at least TRY to reduce those chances?
It's too bad because I really like the sounds of the guy other than that...