I live on the state line of Georgia-Alabama on the Georgia side. We are wanting to ride in the National Forrests in Alabama (not an organized event- just trail riding on public land)but are getting conflicting information from the Ga dept of Ag, Al dept of Ag, APHIS and the local vet.
I KNOW we have to have a current Coggine..........DONE!
The Health Certificate is what is in Question..........
My Alabama Vet AND APHIS (USDA) says just a coggins needed.
Ga dept of Ag and Alabama Dept of Ag says I need a health certificate or performance event certificate. Health certificate good for 10 days at $25.00, the Performance certificate good for 6 months at $30.00. This is a "No brainer" which one I will get.
Here is the REAL confusion. My vet says all I need to do is bring the horse in (cross state line illegally according to the Al dept of AG, LOL) with his current coggins test so that they can take pictures of the horse and send them to the state. They DON'T need a current shot record, don't need to do any additional blood work............just pictures and the coggins to do either the health certificate or performance certificate.
So what is the point of the health certificate?? Is the Vet and the USDA right?? Just a coggins needed? I am totally confused and don't need any legal trouble.