Requirements and regulations related to transporting equines in Vermont


The following information describes requirements and regulations related to transporting equines in Vermont - if you show or transport horses across state lines please follow  the links to important information:

Dear Vermont equine industry members,

You are receiving this email because you have agreed to receive important updates from the Agency of Agriculture that impact Vermont’s equine industry, or in some instances, because I have taken the liberty of adding you to our list.  Regardless, if you prefer to not receive emails such as this, please let me know, and I will remove you.  Preferably, if you have friends or colleagues who you think should receive this type of information, please respond to this email with their contact information.

The 2018 equine show season is upon us, and along with that comes a reminder of the importance of refamiliarizing yourself with the equine movement requirements for Vermont and New England and establishing biosecurity practices on your farms, during transport and at competition venues.  Rather than recreating the wheel with this information, I would like to direct you to the following sites for more information:

  1. For access to some great biosecurity resources that are applicable to all and to register to receive alerts from the national equine disease communication portal, visit
  2. To familiarize yourself with the process for obtaining an exhibition permit, see answers to the most frequently asked questions about importing horses into Vermont, or to learn the ways in which the federal traceability rule impacts you and your horse, please visit  please visit
  3. For a summary document of the import requirements for the other New England states for 2018, visit

Finally, a reminder about two things that have come up in conversations in the recent weeks:

  1. All horses imported into Vermont are required to travel with a 30 day health certificate or a 6 month exhibition permit, and a negative Coggins within 12 months. Those of you who host events that draw out of state horses should be aware of this.  Our inspectors do periodically check individual events for compliance with this requirement and partner with DMV at truck stops on VT roads to inspect paperwork of equine haulers.
  2. Although there is no state requirement for horses to be vaccinated for rabies, individual equine events may require that of competitors, and the Agency fully supports that. We urge all owners to vaccinate their horses for rabies as the disease is endemic in our state and is fatal to animals and people. It is an excellent, relatively inexpensive vaccine and well worth it!


I hope that you find this information useful, and as always, if there is additional information you would like to see on our website, please let us know!

Please help us help your horses stay safe, healthy and biosecure out there this year, and have a successful equine summer!





Kristin M. Haas, DVM

State Veterinarian; Director of Food Safety & Consumer Protection

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

116 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05620