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post #1 of 3 Old 06-29-2020, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Port of entry when hauling horses?

Hi! I am not new to horses but am new to hauling them in and out of state. I know we need brand inspection, coggins, etc. and always thought you needed to stop at the port of entries along the way to show your paperwork. But a couple of weeks ago was the first time I have hauled far enough to come across a port of entry. When I went in and told the guy I was hauling horses, he totally brushed me off and told me to just go. He didn’t even ask for my papers. I felt really dumb. So now I’m confused as to whether or not people actually stop? I know you’re “supposed” to but is it a law that equestrians generally just ignore? Or was that guy just having a bad day, haha? Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-29-2020, 10:03 PM
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It depends on the state. Generally a health certificate and coggins are the necessaries but I've only traveled to a couple states.

Once we forgot our coggins for one horse and health certificates for the others. We lived 20mins into FL and were travelling from AL. The horses came from Florida. We took a different way into AL and bypassed the health checkpoint. On the way back we took the wrong intersection and had no choice but to go past the checkpoint. They guy let us off, though technically they're not supposed to.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-29-2020, 10:17 PM
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In several western states I have always stopped at the designated health check stations. Always had a health certificate and current coggins for each animal. I have always called ahead (from home) and checked to see what each one required. Also some states require you to have certified hay so you are not bringing in noxious weeds especially in the mountains.
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