On the East Coast all horses are required to report to Cornell University
School of Vet Medicine in Ithica, New York (Syracuse region). On the West
Coast they are shipped to UofC in Davis. Once tests are completed they
are then shipped to quarantine locations where they are kept for at least
3 days while test results are completed. If any tests return positive
they are returned to country of origin or destroyed on the premises.
Geldings are released immediately after the routine examinations.
Stallions 2 & older are tested for CEM (contagious equine metritis, a
***ly transmitted disease). Mares are quarantined for a minimum of 35
days. Mares in foal must stay in quarantine until they foal. Stallions stay
a min. of 42 to 45 days. A stallion must be bred to two test mares while
in quarantine. Test mares undergo a series of cultures for CEM. The cost
of quarantine can vary from $4500 to $6000.
Also consider the shipping costs to the universities from the airports,
from the universities to the quarantine site and then finally to your home
Before anyone decides to flame this information please not that it is
taken from HORSEPLAY magazine, the February 1995 issue. There are two
articles which detail the expenses, paperwork, testing and other
regulations relating to the importation/exportation of horses to/from
Laurie & The Boyz * There is a saying that the horse
(Freckles, Thunder & Champ) * should enjoy himself in his work,
++The Cracklin' Oat Bran Gang++ * otherwise neither rider, nor horse
Russell, Ontario, Canada * are able to give an elegant performance
Reality: Flight $2,600 from Europe to JFK. A bit more ($600 or so) to
LAX. Quarantine: About $1,000. That includes a lot of other costs --
***work, van from airport to USDA, much more included in that figure.
THERE IS NO CEM IN RUSSIA OR BALTICS. Stallions and mares quarantined for
three calendar days.
When in doubt, call Nichols Agency for best prices and facts.
Samantha A. Matson
Troika Russian Sporthorse Imports
11. Importing Horses