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        12-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    That's because testing and euthanasia of positive animals works.
    Im not sure honestly. While the positive results seem to be declining, It doesnt mention how many tests there were. I imagine with lots of things a decline in the economy has alot of horse owners skipping the test.
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        12-03-2012, 08:24 PM
    Our mares are in a closed herd and we do 99% of our riding on adjacent private property. I think the last time we did Coggins was 5+ years ago when we trailered to a state park. It is certainly a money maker for the state lab.
        12-03-2012, 08:47 PM
    There was an outbreak of swamp fever in this by a group of people who had brought in some workhorses from up north. A child's beloved pony got infected and in was a pasture down the road from these horses. You move horses around and take them off your property, you must test them to eliminate this horrible disease. All horses that tested positive at that time were put down as regulations for the mandatory isolation were not practical for the owners.
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        12-03-2012, 09:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    Im not sure honestly. While the positive results seem to be declining, It doesnt mention how many tests there were. I imagine with lots of things a decline in the economy has alot of horse owners skipping the test.
    Joe, that is a good point. I think that a lot of how likely a test is to be positive depends on where you live. If you live in South Georgia, South Alabama, or Florida, you have a much greater chance of a positive. Equine Infectious Anemia is a terrible disease. It causes chronic illness and can spread through a whole herd. It has been many years since I saw a positive, but I am mostly in academia now. I don't think that a lot of positive Coggins tests are being reported in Georgia right now. I'm not sure about other states.
        12-04-2012, 02:06 AM
    I am inclined to think that it's a money maker. Testing once a year proves the horse doesn't have the disease the day it was tested, and does nothing to prove anything the other 364 days of the year.

    My horse is tested annually because every barn I have ever boarded at requires it. If my horse was home, and I wasn't showing, I wouldn't bother.
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        12-04-2012, 02:26 AM
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    You need a negative CT to go across state borders. I have 4 horses that come from Canada and they were tested and Negative of course. I am in a very dry area and don't really worry about it. I don't show my horses and they usually only leave the immediate area to go to the Vet.
        12-04-2012, 02:32 AM
    I've never had mine tested simply because its never been required of me [that I know of -don't know if I need it to haul, but I'm supposed to have a brand inspection done for that too but don't. Although I doubt many cops here would know that or ask for anything more than proof of ownership]. I'm also one of the nutty ones who doesn't do much vaccinating [annual tetanus, but everything else only on an "as needed" basis -which isn't much] so what do I know? Haha.
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        12-04-2012, 05:45 AM
    I only test because I have to to haul. And being with the mounted patrol now, we haul often. Of it wasn't for that, I wouldn't test. Ricci, I don't vaccinate either. *Gasp*, we are horrible horsie parents.
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        12-04-2012, 04:50 PM
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    In NC you have to have coggins if the horse is in public, IE on a public road. In VA you need it anytime and anywhere two horses from different owners may come in contact. So if you have neighbors with horses you must have it... But like a few people mentioned there is pretty much zero enforcement. The only time I have presented mine was at an organized rides. Actually Celest historically it looks like the Texarkana area is the epicenter of positive test results. But more data found... In 1972 4% of coggins tests were positive, in 2005 .01 percent. So from 4 out of 100 to less than 1 in 10,000 . The number of tests nationally steadily increased , dipped in 02 ish but seems to be pretty level at about 2000000 a year. IAW USDA.
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        12-04-2012, 05:21 PM
    I would not buy a horse that did not have a current coggins test. I would not take my horse to a ride that did not check the coggins test. If I have no plans to take my horses off the farm for several years, and they absolutely will not be exposed to any other horses, I have no problem with letting them slide past their due date.

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