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Equine Regulations

Requirements for horses residing in Louisiana are simple: annual Coggins test and permanent identification. 

All equine imported into Louisiana for any purpose other than consignment to an approved Louisiana livestock auction market or an approved slaughter establishment for immediate slaughter shall be accompanied by a record of a negative official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) conducted within the past 12 months. The official test shall be conducted by an approved laboratory. The name of the laboratory, the case number and the date of the official test shall appear on the health certificate.

If there has been a change in ownership of the horse, the Coggins test must be current within six months of the transaction.

The State of Louisiana has significantly reduced our numbers of EIA positive horses since implementing this program in the early 1990s. 

Louisiana sets the standard other states use to make their equine regulations. The permanent identification was a significant help after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and other states have adopted our regulations as a model.

EIA United States Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) (Website)

General Requirements (PDF, 25 KB)

Owner Obligations (PDF, 45 KB)

Purpose of EIA Rules (PDF, 23 KB)

EIA & Louisiana Livestock Auction Market Requirements (PDF, 21 KB)

Livestock Dealers EIA Rules (PDF, 21 KB)

Admission of Equine to Fairs, Livestock Shows, Breeders Association Sales, Rodeos & Racetracks (PDF, 25 KB)

EIA Testing Laboratory Requirements (PDF, 74 KB)

Other EIA Rules & Regulations (PDF, 111 KB)

Protect Your Horse from Equine Piroplasmosis

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