New NMRC Rules for Entering a Track or Training Center

The New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) announced new rules for horses entering state-licensed tracks and training centers on March 7. Those rules include:

1. All racehorses entering any NMRC-licensed racetrack or training center must be accompanied by copies of the horse's registration certificate and a current health certificate. The NMRC requires  all horses entering any NMRC-licensed racetrack or training center must have proof of a negative annual Coggins test and proof of a negative piroplasmosis (Babesia equi) test completed for Quarter Horses only, within the last two years. Health certificates for horses traveling intrastate must have been issued within the last 72 hours. Health certificates for horses traveling interstate must have been issued within the last seven days.

2. The health certificate should state to the best of the examining veterinarian's knowledge:

  • The horse does not show clinical signs of any infectious or contagious equine diseases;
  • The temperature of the horse at the time of the examination; and
  • The horse has not received medication that has been shown to reduce the horse's temperature within the past 24 hours. 

For more information, visit the NMRC website

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