Originally Posted by tlkng1
Just out of curiosity, as us folks on the east coast don't have things like brand inspections :) (Only a requirement for health certs and under 6 month old coggins), how would that work on say horses being transported by a commercial equine transportation company..say from east to west coast? (ie, a buyer on the west coast makes a purchase of a horse on the east coast and uses a commercial shipper to transport).
If the horse is coming from a non brand state, that a BI is a non issue. You travel on your health certificate and coggins. If you end up in a brand state as your final destination, than you have a set amount of time to get a BI (typically 60 days and costs less than $20 for all states). Show proof of where the horse originated with the HC and coggins and you will obtain a BI. A BI is proof of ownership in a brand state. When you live in a brand state, by law, if you travel more than 75 miles from home with your horse, you need to have a brand inspection or permanent travel card with you. You often need them to unload or load up at a showground.
If the horse is coming from a non brand state, traveling through brand states and ending up in CA or WA (only non brand states for horses in the west) you just go about things like nothing. SD and WY do have a travel BI requirement (nothing more than revenue enhancement) but as I understand it it is for horses that are staying in the state for trailriding, rodeo and showing not for travel through.