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I'm wanting to bring my filly home asap but she doesn't currently have a negative ...
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    age for coggins?

    I'm wanting to bring my filly home asap but she doesn't currently have a negative coggins. She will be crossing the state line but wont be going through an ag check but....you know!

    At what age is a negative coggins required (we are talking about GA/FL)? I know the sooner the better but if it is done down there I think I still have to have it redone here to transfer ownership and it'll take a little while to get the paperwork back.

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    I THINK it's three months? But thats only if they are riding with mom....they don't need one. My state also wants a health certificate.....might as well get both done at the same time. How old is your filly?

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    Yea I know ALL about health certificates (I'm only 15 or so mins above the FL line).
    She's only 9 months. Sneaking her home isn't the issue, its she has to go back to FL in the next few weeks and I don't wanna press my luck even though we are only going slightly over the line.

    What if they are traveling to go to the vet to get the blood drawn? Anyone know that situation?

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    When we got my daughter's horse, he had not had coggins pulled in over three years, and he was out in the middle of nowhere and I would have had to pay almost $200, just to get the vet out there. So, the first thing we did when he got on the trailer was take him straight to a clinic to get them pulled. Then we asked for proof that they were pulled in case we got stopped. I don't know that everything we did was according to AG standards, but at the very least they could see that we tried!!

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    I'm only 15 or so mins above the FL line).
    Im 15 or so min INSIDE the FL line.
    I have hauled several horses without a coggins....So does a lot of people in this area....small, farming community. I haven't heard of a single person being pulled over and coggins checked around here. (Kinda like all the people who don't have tags for their horse/livestock trailers....had a cop friend say to me, "We aren't going to go around and write up the farmers for not registering their trailers) Now, that being said, I don't recommend it at all. The times that I hauled without one was almost always a short trip in the local area... I was lucky.
    I do know that if you get on I-10, they will get you. Especially at the check station east of me....(I'm just above Fort Walton Beach/Destin.) I've had friends get busted and have to wait 5 or 6 hours for the vet to get out there, pull the coggins, and then fax the results to the station. That would suck in bad or hot weather. Maybe you can stop by the vets with her ON THE WAY....and get one? That way, it will look like you tried....and the results are in , in an hour....Either way good luck. And congrats on your new filly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scaputo View Post
    Im 15 or so min INSIDE the FL line.
    I have hauled several horses without a coggins....So does a lot of people in this area....small, farming community. I haven't heard of a single person being pulled over and coggins checked around here. (Kinda like all the people who don't have tags for their horse/livestock trailers....had a cop friend say to me, "We aren't going to go around and write up the farmers for not registering their trailers) Now, that being said, I don't recommend it at all. The times that I hauled without one was almost always a short trip in the local area... I was lucky.
    I do know that if you get on I-10, they will get you. Especially at the check station east of me....(I'm just above Fort Walton Beach/Destin.) I've had friends get busted and have to wait 5 or 6 hours for the vet to get out there, pull the coggins, and then fax the results to the station. That would suck in bad or hot weather. Maybe you can stop by the vets with her ON THE WAY....and get one? That way, it will look like you tried....and the results are in , in an hour....Either way good luck. And congrats on your new filly!
    Shannan

    Well hey, neighbor!!! I live IN FWB Monday thru Thursday and in Panama City Friday thru Sunday!! The horses are in PC though.

    I also knew someone that got pulled over and their horse had to be quaranteened for a while, just b/c there was no health certificate. I forgot all the minor deatails as this was probably 10 or so years ago. I don't know Ga's laws, but I know Florida can be a bear. Why not try calling the vet's office and see what they say? Or better yet, the Dept of Ag for FL AND GA? They could probably give you the best answers. But honestly, if you are just 15 minutes away, you could probably get by if you take back roads, not major highways.

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    Foals travelling with a negative dam and that are under 6 months old don't need a coggins test. Foals not travelling with their dam or over 6 months of age need a coggins test.
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    The State of Georgia will also fine the devil out of you if they do catch you hauling without a coggins. While they aren't going around pulling folks over to check, what if you are in an accident or get pulled over for a traffic violation? While we don't plan on these things happening, they do happen!

    JMO, but it's cheaper to just have the coggins pulled & have the health certificate done, just for the peace of mind, as opposed to worry about the fine, the posibility of having your horse impounded & having to pay all that board while in impound, etc.

    Also, why do you have to send in a coggins to transfer the paperwork?

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    Ok talked with the vet in FL today and she said to come on without them as they are going to pull them when we get there and if a cop pulls us over for some silly reason that she'd verify to him that we were on our way to get it done. That'll work.

    I have had a friend fined for not having them before but so long as they produced a neg result within 30 days they didn't have to pay the fine.

    2manyminis if I go ahead and have it pulled where she is now it'll be in the current owner's name and not mine, so when she's mine I'd have to get it redone. So just waiting until next week when she is mine and we go to the vet.

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    I have never had to send in a coggins while transferring paper work- that's not something they ask for, and it doesn't matter if you take her to a show with the old owners name on the coggins, as long as it is negative.

    But anyway, glad you got it worked out!

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