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Brand Inspection Question
Hey there....So I found a great mare that I am in the process of buying. The man who owns her lives in Idaho and couldn't care less about getting a coggins or BI, but I told him, I wasn't really willing to risk the fines of transporting her into Wyoming without these...I read somewhere that if you have a Bill of Sale and the coggins, that you have 1o days after purchase to get the BI done...is this true? My head is spinning trying to find the correct answer. I am hoping to go pick up Twist this weekend, but want to have all my ducks in a row. By the way Twist has no brands.
When I took my horses out west river (yes, I live in South Dakota and need a brand inspection to cross the river) But they never even looked at my horses, I had to give a description. I would be calling your own BI and see what they say.
although EIA is rare out west, still pretty irresponsible to transport a potentially infected horse. Whats the current owner trying to hide ? Plenty of horses out there. Tell him to get the horse legal to transport or no deal. Go find another one.
You have to have a brand inspection to transport from Idaho into Wyoming. If you get caught without one, you can get into trouble.
First off a brand inspection has nothing to do with if the horse has a brand or not. I am not current on Idaho's laws but in a brand state, you must have a brand inspection to make the sale legal. If you are transporting the mare through a Port of Entry in Wyoming, expect to stop and have them look at your paperwork and your mare. I know someone who was just going 15 miles into WY had health paperwork on the mare but no BI. Was stopped and held at the state line until his wife drove up with the BI. Must of been a slow day. Another friend was transporting 22 horses in a convoy and all 3 trailers were stopped. Don't chance it. If the owner won't do the necessary work to make the sale legal, I'd be tempted to walk away. IF the mare is it and you can't live without her, get the coggins and BI done before she leaves ID and the sale is complete. If you ever need to sell her and you don't have a BI, it's just going to be a major PIA to get things cleared up. I don't understand the "10 day" part. You must deal with the ID brand board and the horse must be physically in front of them to do the exam.
I live in Wyoming. If you do not have a signed brand inspection from the state you are buying her from, a Sheriff can say you took the horse illegially. In Wyoming, the Brand Inspection is the bill of sale.
Just get the brand inspection done in Idaho and be safe, then you can change it over to a Wyoming brand inspection when you get her home. I believe that is where you are getting the 10 day thing. You have ten days IF you have the current signed BI from the state/owner you bought her from to get a Wyoming BI. Sorta like a title on a car.
All this said: Wyoming brand inspectors will not easily give you a brand inspection if the horse comes from a brand inspection area. Some will, some won't. Coggins is not negotiable - if you want to stay in legal limits then you have to have it. Some vets do a 1-hour test - call around, maybe you can find one close to where the mare is located.
Brand inspection is always the responsibility of the seller. Coggins and health papers are the responsibility of the buyer.
*upps* I just see that I am three weeks late - did you get the mare?
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