Hey I show Dressage and often travel to different states. We always have current coggins and get health certificates signed by the vet and pick them up. Does any one pay $29.00 for their health certificate, per horse, every show????? If I show twice a month through Spring/summer/fall it adds up! I was shocked to see the price!
We pay $30-$35, and ours are good for 30 days. But yeah, that's how it works. It has to be fairly current or it doesn't really mean anything, and to be valid the vet has to come and lay his eyes on your horse. So it's not super cheap!
Originally Posted by tidy rabbit
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I don't get charged at all for a health check/certificate.
My vet would do the same thing. He'd pop over to where my horse was boarded if he was in the area and sign off on a Health Cert. (knowing my horse was healthy as the barn I used to board was a typical boarding barn and he was there almost every week).
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Originally Posted by talkofthetown
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Another idea is that if you are going to show out of state every month, talk to your vet about getting a discount rate for multiple health certificates. There is no harm in asking and given the economy, you might find that your vet is happy to issue a health certificate for less.
Health certs are a JOKE..most are signed and processed without the vet even looking at the horse. Yet another bureaucratic hoop for horse owners to jump through with no real basis in need. How about that part that "certifies" that the trailer has been disinfected and you haven't stopped to pick up or drop off any other horses?? HA...and the destination is put on each cert...so it theoretically is good for 30 days to run between the two addresses. Good grief. More and bigger government...yeah that's a good idea.
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One health certificate should be good for a month for out of state hauling/shows. . . .
Originally Posted by mab1228
. . . . In our state you can get a six month health card. . . .
Originally Posted by ExJumper
. . . . ours are good for 30 days. . . .
Originally Posted by Raleigh's Mom
The State Dept of Ag here in Georgia will issue a 6 month health certificate. . . .
Originally Posted by Jumphigh83
. . . . and the destination is put on each cert...so it theoretically is good for 30 days to run between the two addresses. . . .
PLEASE NOTE: While the state may say a certificate is good for one month (or six), the venue you show at determines what you must have to enter their grounds. For example, when my daughter took horses to Pony Club National Rally (Festival) at the Kentucky Horse Park in the late 1990s, the specification was that the health certificate had to have been issued no more than TEN days before the horse would LEAVE the Horse Park at the END of their portion of rally. Since the horse was at the horse park for several days, that requirement meant that the health certificate had to be issued no more than a couple of days before the horse left its home barn. It does not matter to the "powers that be" whether the health certificate says 30 days or 180 days, if they will not let the horse on the grounds more than five days after the cerficiate was issued, then that is the rule you must abide by.
I just get mine twice a year and keep them active. Just makes it easier. Especially if you coordinate it with your Coggins.
I've never had an event even look at them or require the health certificate within a certain amount of time, but... I'm sure it happens!
We have the same thing here in Alabama. It's called an event permit, and it's free to get (after you've paid for the Coggins and healtch cert) and good for 6 months of interstate travel between AL, GA, MS, TN, and a few other states, I believe.
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My vet charges $30 for the cert and $50 for the farm call. I don't really begrudge them the charge (although do admit to thinking it is a bit excessive. The cert charge, not the farm call.) since I do everything I can for my horses myself via scripts (or simply the internet in the case of non script items) and save tons that way. I don't show much anymore so it doesn't really affect me now but I saved so much $$ throughout the year I figured an extra $30 every few months wouldn't kill me when I was showing. I almost always combine farm calls with someone else or at the very least schedule a procedure I can't do myself to make the farm call worth it, too.