Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots
Yes I know but we aren't planning on going anywhere..
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Since you're new to this I recommend getting the Coggins. IF I take blood for Coggins in January (in IL), my Vet can get the papers to me in about 2-3 weeks. If I wait until now, or through the summer it takes MUCH longer bc of racehorses (who need theirs current every 3 months) and show horses (who often need 3-6 months current Negative Coggins.) The government, in a WISE moment (which we know are few and far between, **sigh**) has created this blood test to prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contageous virus which is a form of AIDS, and it is incurable. If you receive a Negative result, the county will destroy your horse.
Fortunately the symptoms make your horse look sick, so not to fret.
Regarding Tetanus, if your Vet hasn't given your horse shots, he/she will give 2 tetanus: The first is Tetanus Antitoxin, with live antibodies, and the second is Tetanus Toxoid, a killed virus which encourages the horse to produce his antibodies. Both flush from your horse's system in about one year. They dovetail. The Antitoxins are about used up in 2 weeks, and your horse will have produced an adequate sufficiency of his own antibodies in about 2 weeks.