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    01-07-2011, 05:15 PM
  #11
Yearling
Obviously you sign a contract which permits them to put the animal down as per veterinary advice if something should happen to it. What does my head in when people talk about shipping horses on airplanes is when someone talks about this as if it's a common occurrence and something you seriously need to be concerned about. It's not.

I've never shipped a horse from the UK to the US so I don't know what they test for other than Foot and Mouth, which is their main concern as it's something North America doesn't have and certainly doesn't want. There are far more diseases in the States than here. To fly here, we had to show proof the horse was vaccinated for a rather lengthy list of things (she would have been anyway as all those are routine vaccinations) and get special tests done for West Nile, vesicular stomatitis, and EIA. The horse did not have to be in quarantine before or after those tests so long as they were done within a specified period before she traveled (I can't remember what it was... sixty days? Ninety days? Something like that).
     
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    01-07-2011, 05:21 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
To fly here, we had to show proof the horse was vaccinated for a rather lengthy list of things (she would have been anyway as all those are routine vaccinations) and get special tests done for West Nile, vesicular stomatitis, and EIA. The horse did not have to be in quarantine before or after those tests so long as they were done within a specified period before she traveled (I can't remember what it was... sixty days? Ninety days? Something like that).
When did you fly in? Since the recent cases from imported romanian horses rules are getting tighter.

Not sure why they would test a horse for foot and mouth since horses can niether contract it or be carriers (and what I mean by that is they cannot carry it inside them, they can carry it on hooves and hair same as people can)
     
    01-07-2011, 05:24 PM
  #13
Yearling
We flew in Sept 2006. I imagine things will indeed be tighter after those Romanian horses came in with EIA, though in fairness, a Coggins test was one of the things they required from horses coming from the US.

As far as Foot and Mouth goes, I know US authorities are concerned about any livestock.
     
    01-07-2011, 05:30 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
As far as Foot and Mouth goes, I know US authorities are concerned about any livestock.
I understand that the US are concerned and don';t want it in the country and I completely understand why they would want to test sheep, pigs, cattle, elephants, alpacas etc.

But if they are going to test non susceptible animals like horses then they should test all non suceptable animals like people, dogs, tigers, gorillas, panda's etc.

Sorry but I've now got a rediculas image running through my head of someone trying it check between a tigers toes! And the rhyme about catching tigers y thier toes lol! Very random! (and giggling hurts, maybe its the drugs affecting my brain)
     
    01-07-2011, 05:52 PM
  #15
Green Broke
On a slightly saner note. For tansport from the UK to america and canada tests for:
EIA (via Coggins Test), glanders, dourine and piroplasmosis, also a test for CEM for mares and stallions.

I would advise that you get these done before you travel them out there as the tests will e redone when they get onto american/canadian soil and I have no idea what happens if they test positive when in the states (although there is ony one outcome for EIA).

The horse is required to have a physical exam by a vet between 24 and 48 hours before take off.

They have to spend several days (I think it is 3 working days for geldings in america, 7 day in canada & longer in both places for mares and stallions due to CEM testing) in quarenteen whilst the tests are done.
     
    01-08-2011, 05:55 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by faye    
When did you fly in? Since the recent cases from imported romanian horses rules are getting tighter.

Not sure why they would test a horse for foot and mouth since horses can niether contract it or be carriers (and what I mean by that is they cannot carry it inside them, they can carry it on hooves and hair same as people can)
When I came back from a riding vacation in Ireland, I was told to disinfect my boots upon my return by US customs. That was 2009....
     
    01-08-2011, 05:58 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Yep I can understand disinfecting everything including boots, hooves, tack etc but a blood test for Foot and mouth would be pointless
     
    01-08-2011, 11:49 AM
  #18
Foal
Well never if your around him and he's in diffrent enviroment never you get stessed becaue he can tense your stressed and he will get stressed too
     
    01-08-2011, 11:52 AM
  #19
Foal
Also always have a very experienced rider around
No effence
     

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