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    08-03-2013, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by KigerQueen    
The owner never got a brand inspection (heck he did not even believe in a vet unless it was bleeding -_-') so can I still obtain one? I never knew you needed a brand inspection. I don't know if my friend's horses have them for their horses 0.0
You're not alone but you need to do some backtracking. You might have intentions of owning this mare her entire life or staying in AZ but you never know. Did the previous owner raise her? That's the easy route. You get the BI to issue a certificate for the sale of a home raised horse. Did she ever go through a public sale? (they automatically issue the transfer with the purchase). Does the previous owner have a BI but never bothered to get you one? Again easy if he can produce the old BI. Typically the seller pays for the BI but well worth $20 out of your pocket to clear things up.

In my experience with brand states, I think they have done a poor job in getting the information out to non large producing livestock owners. Cattle and dairy producers deal with them just about on a weekly basis so they know and understand the laws backwards and forwards but the parent who buys 2 horses for the kids doesn't get the same information unless the seller is knowledgeable in the states brand laws as well. The internet give us access to the information but if you don't know what you need to be looking for all that information doesn't do you much good.

Start with the old owner. If you can't get anywhere with him than call the BI for your county and get advise from him on how to proceed. The state of AZ does not want your horse nor can they afford to feed her so they are going to work with you and get things ironed out. Dig up old vet records that show length of ownership, registration papers... anything that creates a paper trail.
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    08-05-2013, 07:28 PM
Just to let everyone know, I called the brand inspector out and all he required was proof of ownership in which I showed him registration papers and all was good! Thank you everyone for your help!
    08-08-2013, 07:27 PM
Your horse is obviously branded, and proof of owner ship should be able to prove with her registration papers. I guess you can get a brand inspection in the state you are currently in.
Also be sure to have current coggins and other vaccines.
    08-08-2013, 10:51 PM
It doesn't make any difference if the horse is branded or not, the horse is coming from MT, which is a brand state(like NV) and it is required that you have one. Whether you get pulled over or asked for it at a state line or not it doesn't matter, your supposed to have it. Call me paranoid but after being pulled over and asked for BI's I get one.
I have used registration papers, old brand inspections and bill of sales for proof of ownership whether it is right or wrong, it is truly up to the individual brand inspector. Luckily, like I have said before, we have used all of the brand inspectors in our district at some point or another and a have seen our horses(and none of them had fresh brands ..LOL)

As far as CA is concerned, no it is not a brand state, BUT since you(the OP) came from a brand state you need to have one in the event that they ask for it at a port of entry. We just dealt with this all spring going back and forth from NV and CA. I have been through both the Truckee and Hallelujah Jct. POE several times this year and each time have been called inside to show all my paperwork. Perhaps I look suspicious? LOL!

Anyhow, I am glad the OP got her BI and hope she has a safe trip!

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