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Re: Getting Horses across Borders

I have traveled across the Canadian/US border several times - you do need a health certificate from within 30 days and an original copy of your coggins drawn within 6 months.  The fee to have the US Federal Vet at the border validate your papers is $26.25.  Total price would depend on what your vet charges for the health certificate.
Dogs require a current Rabies Vaccination, but to tell you the truth, I have never had them ask to see it, even when he is sitting next to me. 
What ever you do, don't tell them that you are going to a 'race', as they may take that to mean that you are making money, in which case, you have to fill out all sorts of paperwork regarding taxes and such.  Tell them you are going for a trail ride....much easier.
Laura Hayes  - my husband is a NY State vet - does lots of import/export stuff...
----- Original Message -----
From: Lynette
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2000 1:00 PM
Subject: RC: Getting Horses across Borders

Thought you guys might find this interesting: (esp. you Howard),
In order to get a horse across the Canadian/American border, you not only have to have a Coggins, but a health Certificate done by a vet in the last thirty days. As far as I understand, it costs from $70 - $80 per horse. I live in ND and we have few endurance rides and Manitoba has some great rides, including the Great Northern Connection, that we would love to attend, but the price of getting our horses across the border has always stopped us, esp. when you have 5 horses to get across.
Well, I am a pet groomer and my shop is only around 25 miles from the Canadian border. I had a guy call me from Manitoba and ask if I would do a hunter clip on his two springier spaniels. He arrived at my place with the two dogs in two separate, huge kennels in the back of his open pickup. I asked him how hard it was to get the dogs across the border and he said it was NO PROBLEM!! He told the border guard that he was taking the dogs to a groomer, And the border guard did not ask for papers and he did not even LOOK at the dogs. Just waved the guy through. When the guy picked up the dogs after the groom, he was taking them to Minot, ND to stay with his son for the weekend. He took them from my place into the city, and then back across the border a couple of days later, NO PROBLEM!!
Now wouldn't it be nice to do that with horses. And I have got to wonder why it is so easy to get dogs across and not horses???? After all, dogs can carry rabies......and a number of other life threatening diseases.

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