Transporting Your Horse?
A Five Point Travel Checklist
If you are planning to transport your horse across state lines to participate in a competition, or maybe just do some casual trail riding, there are a number of things you will need to do to properly prepare for your trip.
- Contact the State Veterinarian for the state to which you are traveling to see if that state has any regulations governing the importing of animals.
- If you are planning to participate as a competitor, make sure you read the horse show prize list so you know what the facility and show management require. You do not want to end up a spectator simply because you forgot something and do not have time to retrieve it.
If you will be boarding at a new farm, short term or long term, many barn managers will require vaccination and health records in addition to the documents required by the state.
- Have a Coggins Test done before you trailer your horse. Almost every horse barn and horse show requires a negative Coggins Test before you can participate. A Coggins Test is a blood titer that checks for Equine Infectious Anemia, a distressing and highly debilitating disease.
For those of you using others to transport your horses, commercial shippers require a negative Coggins Test before they will load your horse on the trailer. Often times, blood work for a Coggins Test needs to be sent out to a laboratory for processing so remember to leave enough time before traveling to receive the official document and results.
- Get a Health Certificate from your vet. A health certificate will verify that your horse does not show any signs of illness and that the Coggins test was negative. Health Certificates need to be done within a specific timeframe before travel, make sure to schedule with your veterinarian ahead of time so it isn’t a last minute call.
- Make sure you have appropriate insurance, both for your horse and other horses if you are trailering horses owned by someone else. When it comes to taking on the responsibility of shipping someone else’s horse you want to make sure to cover all of your bases.