Horse Health Regulations

Dwayne Nunez  |  10/22/2011 1:31:24 AM

Louisiana Regulations as They Relate to Louisiana 4-H and FFA Shows

Horses

  1. Each horse participating in the event must meet federal and state quarantine and interstate regulations.
  2. Each horse participating in the event must have a Health Certificate
    1. Each horse must have the original official health certificate signed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian.
    2. Identification on the Health Certificate should include the following:
      • an accurate, clearly stated description of horse.
      • clearly written brand, tattoo or microchip number.
      • Original EIA Test Paper.
  3. Each horse must be accompanied by an original negative official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) (Coggins Test, Swamp Fever Test). The horse must have tested negative within the past year (12 months).
    1. The original EIA test result paper should contain:
      • an accurate, clearly stated description of horse.
      • clearly written brand, tattoo or microchip number.
    2. This health certificate is good for 60 days from the date of issue to cover the period of the show season for Louisiana FFA/4H animals.
    3. This health certificate is good for 30 days from the date of issue for all out-of-state animals.
  4. Foals of any age must be tested for EIA if traveling to a show.
  5. It is strongly recommended that the horse be vaccinated for EEE, WEE and West Nile Virus (WNV).
  6. Each horse brought to the show must indicate on the health certificate or EIA test the physical location of origin and return destination for 30 days prior to and after the show.

A health certificate (certificate of veterinary inspection) issued within the time frame of the show requirements should be performed by a licensed, USDA-accredited veterinarian. The health certificate should clearly identify the animal (any tag, tattoo, brand, microchip), species, breed and gender. It should clearly state that the animal has had all the required disease testing and/or vaccinations and the signature of the owner or responsible party. In addition, it must indicate that the animals are in good health and appear free of disease at the time of the examination.

Office of Animal Health Services
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
www.ldaf.state.la.us
225-925-3980

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