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  • Temecula Jumper
    started a topic Warmblood Import Nightmare

    Warmblood Import Nightmare

    Looking for other people’s experiences/input: A family in our barn purchased a 6 year old gelding from Belgium. He was sent to Holland for import to the US. In Holland, he had pre-import bloodwork, including for Glanders, and all was negative. He shipped to LAX and was again tested for all required diseases and popped a 3 on the CFT for Glanders (apparently a 7 result means positive, and his level was considered “suspect”). He was then tested on a Western Blot for Glanders and was negative. He was re-tested a week later on the CFT and was down to a 2. He was then re-tested again this week and is a 3. USDA won’t release the horse unless he tests a 0. The horse has now been in isolation in quarantine for over a month.

    The horse has not been positively diagnosed as having Glanders and the USDA thinks he most likely does not have it, but he still can’t be brought into the country until he is a 0. Quarantine is costing $375 per day and the family has already spent $20,000 just on quarantine fees at this point. Insurance will not cover his quarantine stay and will also not cover euthanasia or the mortality portion of the policy. Per the USDA, euthanasia and disposal of the horse will be in excess of $20,000 due to the way in which the remains have to be handled.

    The only other option is to send the horse back to Holland and hope they will accept him back into the country. The seller won’t take the horse back but the agent has agreed to try to re-sell the horse if the send it back to Holland, at a cost of $10,000 to $12,000 to the family to send back.

    Has anyone ever heard of this happening before and if so, how did it resolve? Anyone have any thoughts or advice for the family? They are now out approximately $50,000 to date with no clear resolution in sight. This horse was supposed to be a Christmas present for their 15 year old daughter.

  • Davignport
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    This is such welcome news on an otherwise crummy day. So happy for Waffles and his person and everyone who loves him.

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  • atl_hunter
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    Poor Waffles gets out of quarantine and all the people go into quarantine. Crazy times! Glad to hear he's on his way back to an (eventually) normal life!

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  • MintHillFarm
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    Very appreciative to the OP for keeping us all updated on Waffles and his family. Thank you!

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  • OverandOnward
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    Originally posted by Temecula Jumper View Post
    Update: The results from the bloodwork taken on Monday were negative. Waffles has officially been discharged by the USDA from any further testing and the quarantine has been lifted on our barn. Hopefully the nightmare is finally over.
    Woohoo! That is some good news on a day that is rather dark re the official news.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to keep us up to date. It has been a learning experience!

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  • MHM
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    Yay! Wonderful news!!

    Did they ever figure out why he kept throwing those test results for such a long time?

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  • Peggy
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    Yay!!!

    Great to hear some positive news.

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  • Barn Mom
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    Woohoo! I'm so excited for them both! What a relief.

    Thank you for sharing the good news!

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  • Ghazzu
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    Originally posted by bingbingbing View Post
    Yay!!! Waffles and his girl!!!





    Translation?
    Praise the Lord!

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  • Squirt
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    Originally posted by bingbingbing View Post
    Yay!!! Waffles and his girl!!!





    Translation?
    Praise God

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  • bingbingbing
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    Yay!!! Waffles and his girl!!!



    Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post

    Al hamdu l'illah!
    Translation?

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  • Ghazzu
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    Originally posted by Temecula Jumper View Post
    Update: The results from the bloodwork taken on Monday were negative. Waffles has officially been discharged by the USDA from any further testing and the quarantine has been lifted on our barn. Hopefully the nightmare is finally over.
    Al hamdu l'illah!

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  • Pennywell Bay
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    As frustrating as this process was:

    1. Thank you for hanging in and not throwing in the towel on him
    2. Thank you to the USDA, though there were issues, for wanting to ensure the safety of the general population
    3. Hopefully this will help refine testing procedures.

    Good luck to all and everyone stay healthy.

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  • endlessclimb
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    Hooray for all involved!!

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  • Temecula Jumper
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    Update: The results from the bloodwork taken on Monday were negative. Waffles has officially been discharged by the USDA from any further testing and the quarantine has been lifted on our barn. Hopefully the nightmare is finally over.

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  • akhunterrider
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    Jingles for Waffles and his family!

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  • FlaxenChestnut
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    Oh no. Not the result anyone was hoping for.

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  • trubandloki
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    Darn! I was hoping their problems were over.
    Jingles for Waffles and his kid!

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  • OverandOnward
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    With luck, what the vets really want is to figure out why he tests 'suspect' on the CFT when they both agree he's healthy. That's an important answer for the agency and potentially for other horses as well. What is the test picking up that isn't glanders?

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  • Capall
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    So if he continues to test suspect, does that mean he won't be able to show or leave the owners' property?

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