State Permit Allows Interstate Travel for Horses for Six Months

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

LINVILLE, Va. -- Horse owners who travel with their horses across state lines may be able to do so a little easier now. It's all thanks to a permit now recognized by Virginia called an Equine Interstate Event permit.

Horse owner Mary Jean Kempfer said she's going to recommend it to boarders who live out of state.

The permit allows for travel with horses in certain states for six months if you have 30 day health certificates.

Kempfer owns show horses and goes to 12 shows a year. When her horses are hauled to another area, they have to have specific papers.

"They have to have a Coggins test and they have to have a health form from the veterinarian," Kempfer said.

A vet also comes out to the farm to give the horses a physical exam.

Kempfer stays in state for the most part, but she says the permit makes sense for people who travel to other states.

The new permit would be in addition to the other tests already required. A local vet says it is like an extension of the health certificate, since it lasts for six months.

The owner has more responsibility because he or she has to check the horse themselves regularly on trips. In order to apply for the permit, owners also must go to their vet and learn how to give horses a shorter form of the physical exam.

Kempfer is going to recommend it to her out of state boarders from Arizona.

"They were in the army and didn't know what state they were going to live in so they came here temporarily and then were moving on," Kempfer said.

Kempfer said it will be more convenient for them. The Coggins test and health certificate for each horse are more than $130 for each horse.

With the new permit, owners have to give horses their own health check and fill out charts and trip logs. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer services website has more information about how to apply for the permit. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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