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post #31 of 33 Old 09-20-2013, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
yes the coggins is a scam argument is just like some of the people that arent vaccinating their kids because they think its a scam or some government conspiracy.
either you missed my point or I didnt explain it very well, yes testing your horse is important. The scam is requiring it at events, because unless you came straight to the , trail ride, rodeo, show, etc from the vets (if you are fortunate enough to have a vet with his own lab and I am) the result is meaningless. Your horse could have been infected in the trailer on the way home.
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post #32 of 33 Old 09-20-2013, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
yes the coggins is a scam argument is just like some of the people that arent vaccinating their kids because they think its a scam or some government conspiracy. I am fully aware of the difference between vaccine and coggins test. There is no EIA vaccine, its 30 % fatal. thats why the tests are important. Like I said this disease used to kill alot of horses. A positive result is rare now specifically because of widespread testing.

The Coggins test is a scam because it's no good once the horse leaves the vet. It's about as useful as a test for colic. It only shows the horse is not positive at that moment. Transition of EIA is also most common through biting insects. So again, unless you are keeping your horse in a bubble from the vet to the event and back home and keeping him in that bubble until his next Coggins, the test is pointless. Not to mention, having been to several shows and rides over the years, I have NEVER been asked for proof of a negative Coggins aside from recognized events that are required to check due to association rules.

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Thanks everyone for the answers. I called the park and all I need is a pass. No coggins. I would have it done but it is booked full for a month!
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