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post #1 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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What are your thoughts on the Coggins test?

How many of you annually pull a Coggins on your horses?
For those that do, do your horses leave the property at all?
Does your state, province, etc. require a current Coggins for your horse to travel outside of your property?
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post #2 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 09:47 PM
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I'm for it, and against it -

I'm against it because, say my vet comes out, April 26th at 1:00pm and draws Nelson's blood. Then after I turn him out around 3:00pm, he gets bit my a mosquito that is infected.....so Nelson's blood test gets ran, and comes back negative, but guess what...he's not. So I go to HT's, and he now infects every other horse he's around.

I'm for it, because if the blood test comes back positive, the Vets and the State knows where the infected mosquito's are coming from *area wise*

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I have to get coggins done, because we are Eventers and Coggins is required for every single entry to any HT of the season. Without it, I cannot compete.

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I'm for it, and against it -

I'm against it because, say my vet comes out, April 26th at 1:00pm and draws Nelson's blood. Then after I turn him out around 3:00pm, he gets bit my a mosquito that is infected.....so Nelson's blood test gets ran, and comes back negative, but guess what...he's not. So I go to HT's, and he now infects every other horse he's around.

I'm for it, because if the blood test comes back positive, the Vets and the State knows where the infected mosquito's are coming from *area wise*

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I have to get coggins done, because we are Eventers and Coggins is required for every single entry to any HT of the season. Without it, I cannot compete.
I agree with you on both counts.
Stupid question: Is EIA transferrable from horse to horse or just through infected flies or mosquitoes?
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post #4 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 09:57 PM
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I personally have never pulled a Coggins test on a horse. Back when we first had horses, there was no such thing as a Coggins test. We have horses again, but none of them have a current Coggins.

I don't know what the state requirements are for Coggins tests, but around here, if you want to ride your horse on trails or take them to parades or playdays, you are required to have a current Coggins test.

How do I feel about them? Pretty much the same as my vet. They are pretty much useless in most cases, unless being used for diagnosis. All they do is show that, at the time the Coggins was pulled, your horse didn't have EIA. However, five minutes after the test is pulled, your horse could be bitten by a mosquito and infected with it.

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I agree with you on both counts.
Stupid question: Is EIA transferrable from horse to horse or just through infected flies or mosquitoes?
From what I understand, it's a lot like HIV - it can be passed through bodily fluids - blood, milk, saliva, etc...

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post #6 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 10:03 PM
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Agree totally. They just test one point in time. Most "horsey" activities still require them, and proof of rabies, at least here in the East, where I am. Some places only ask that they be in the last 2 yrs. So, I do get them drawn, just so that I have it if I want to go somewhere.

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post #7 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 10:15 PM
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I don't get them done bc my horses don't leave my property and don't go and visit other horses. I take them for trail ride but its mostly just dirt roads up the street

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post #8 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 10:37 PM
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I only get them if I will be competing, moving my horse across state lines (both required) or if he's going to be around a lot of unfamiliar horses.
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post #9 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 11:03 PM
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I only have one because my BO requires it because the barn she is kept at is home to very pricey halter horses.
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post #10 of 54 Old 01-26-2011, 11:07 PM
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I board so I have to have it done
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