Horses & Other Equine Movement

​​​Importing horses and other equines from outside Wisconsin

With very few exceptions, horses and other equine animals entering Wisconsin need:

  • Current certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) (no more than 30 days old) which must include:

    • A complete physical origin and destination address

    • Official individual identification for all animals, regardless of age (one of the following):

      • a microchip number of a unique microchip implanted in the equine

      • a written or graphic description included on the CVI (the CVI is the only official document of the animal’s movements, so ID on attached forms is not valid)​​

      • Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual equine

    • ​A​ negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) within the 12 months prior to the date of import. Nursing foals accompanying an EIA-negative dam are exempt from pre-import testing as long as the nursing status is identified on the CVI. The EIA test date and result must be written on the CVI.

    • If there is a current vesicular s​tomatitis diagnosis or quarantine in the state of origin, effective May 30, 2014, Wisconsin no longer requires a permit or special statements.​

Horses entering Wisconsin do not need an import permit unless they are:

  • part of a circus

  • rodeo stock horses (a permit is not required for horses owned by individual rodeo participants)

  • horses traveling as part of a menagerie of multiple species for exhibit or competition

  • an exotic equine (such as a zebra or wild ass)

Imports that do not require a CVI are:

  • equines being brought to a veterinary facility for treatment that will return to the state of origin with no change of ownership

  • equines from Minnesota that will be in Wisconsin for a trail ride, horse show or exhibition for less than seven (7) days with no change in ownership (a CVI may be required by the organizers to participate in the event); the equines will need proof they meet the EIA requirements

Moving horses and other e​quines within Wisconsin 

Equines moving within Wisconsin need to meet the requirements of the destination.

Fair or exhibition

Equines must have proof of a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months. Check with the fair or exhibition organizers to find out if they require additional paperwork or testing. No EIA test is required for nursing foals accompanying an EIA negative dam as long as the nursing status is identified on the CVI.

Organized trail ride or training seminar

Equines must have proof of a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months. Check with the ride or seminar organizers to find out if they require additional paperwork or testing. No EIA test is required for nursing foals accompanying an EIA negative dam as long as the nursing status is identified on the CVI.

Personal trail ride

No paperwork or testing required.

Sale or transfer of ownership

Equines must have proof of a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months. No EIA test is required for nursing foals accompanying an EIA negative dam.  A CVI is not required.

Boarding or private training

No paperwork or testing required by the State. Check with the trainer or ​boarding facility owner to find out if they require paperwork or testing.

Exporting horses and other equines out of Wisconsin 

Wisconsin does not have specific export requirements for equines. Please contact the state or nation of destination to learn their import requirements.