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RE: Re: Coggins

Here is the latest on line from the Michigan rules. It was dated 1994 so
there could be some new regs not yet available.

Bob Morris

R  287.710   Equine infectious anemia.
  Rule 10. (1) Equine that test positive to an official EIA test and their
herd of immediate origin shall be quarantined by the director.
  (2) Equine that test positive to an official EIA test may, with approval
from the director, be moved and  quarantined  to  a  premises  that  is  a
minimum of 1/4 mile away from any other equine.
  (3) Equine that test positive to an official EIA test may, with approval
from the  director,  be  quarantined  and  segregated  in  an  insect-free
enclosure as determined by the director.
  (4) The owner or owners or agent or agents of  an  EIA  source  herd  or
herds shall allow the director to test, in accordance with  the  following
schedule, the complete source herd with an official  EIA  test  after  the
official EIA-test-positive equine have been removed or segregated from the
herd in a manner approved by the director.
  (a) Between the dates of November 1 and April 30, a source herd  may  be
tested at any time and qualify for quarantine release if  all  the  tested
equine are negative to an official EIA test.
  (b) Between the dates of May 1 and October 31,  a  source  herd  may  be
tested  after  waiting  a  minimum  of  30   days   after   the   official
EIA-test-positive equine have been removed or segregated from the herd. If
all equine tested are negative to the official EIA  test,  the  quarantine
may be released.
  (5) The director  may  conduct  epidemiological  investigations  on  all
equine that have possible exposure to official EIA-test-positive equine to
determine the need for additional quarantining and official  EIA  testing.
  (6) Official EIA-test-positive equine shall not be destroyed or  removed
from the original test location or premises without prior permission  from
the director.
  (7) If the owner  chooses  to  destroy  the  official  EIA-test-positive
equine, permission shall first be obtained from the director. The director
shall issue a quarantine release  and  be  present  when  the  equine  are
  (8) Unless  immediately  destroyed,  official  EIA-test-positive  equine
shall be identified by the director with the freeze brand 34A, which shall
be in characters not less than 2 inches in height and placed on  the  left
cervical area of the neck,  or  shall  be  identified  in  another  manner
approved by the director.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 11:42 AM
Subject: RC: Re: Coggins

Donna Dochterman
Sorry about the guest post folks.  I am a subscriber to RideCamp but for
some reason, RideCamp is not accepting subscriber messages from me today.

Not making any comments on the pros or cons of Coggins tests but those who
live in or ride in the state of Michigan need to be aware of the new law
which goes into effect January 1, 2001.

This law says that any horse not on your own private property must have
current (within one year) Coggins papers available for immediate
presentation.  You can be asked to present these papers even if you are just
out for a ride around the block.  You have to have them with you to present
even on the trail.  "They are back at the camper" will not be an acceptable
answer.  When this law takes effect, MSU will no longer accept any horse for
treatment without its current Coggins papers.  This includes those
emergencies such as colic or injury.  Furthermore, if the horse comes from a
facility where other horses are also housed, all the horses must have
current proof of Coggins.  If you ride your horse out the front gate, law
enforcement officials have the right to check for papers on every horse on
the property.  Haven't heard what penalties will be for non-compliance.

I checked with the Michigan Horse Council and they confirmed this
information as accurate.  The person I talked to (at their booth at the Novi
expo) added that if you own or house more than one horse you are required to
test all horses on your property.  She said the veterinarians were charged
with checking compliance on that.  The rest of these rules I heard from
several sources but this last one I heard only from the MHC spokesperson at
Novi.  I have not seen this law in writing anywhere yet.  I don't believe it
has been well publicized.  While I recently moved from Michigan, I am still
an active member of several horse organizations there.  Several of them have
had paraphrases such as this one about the law but no exact quotes of it
yet.  All agree it goes into effect this January.

Maybe someone out there knows how to find the exact wording of this
law...... paraphrases often get things wrong or exaggerated.  Previously in
Michigan, only out-of state horses had to present papers even at most shows
unless papers were required by the show rules for in-state horses (they
usually were not).

Sighing with relief because all of my horses tested negative for our move
and I have a little time before I have to face the test again......
Donna Dochterman
Dokada Arabians

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