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State Vet Recommends Mandatory Health Passports for Rodeo Horses

Despite a standing executive order advocating against “vaccine passports,” state veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven says rodeo managers should require medical exams of all participants—at least the four-legged ones:

It’s rodeo season in South Dakota and State Veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven advises event managers can limit the spread of infectious diseases by requiring Certificates of Veterinary Inspection.

…Oedekoven says horses with any clinical signs of illness should be isolated from other horses and should seek veterinary care.  He also recommends against bringing affected horses to rodeos and jackpots. He adds good biosecurity practices at the events and by individual participants is important in limiting the spread of infectious diseases [Julia Kaye, “Healthy Horses Don’t Want Sick Horses at the Rodeo,” KELO Radio, 2021.06.12].

Horses must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or EECVI and a negative Coggins test or ELISA Equine Infectious Anemia test to enter South Dakota. Horses imported from Canada must also have an entry permit number.


  1. Jake 2021-06-13

    Ya can make me vaccinate m’ hoss to go out in public-but ya can’t vaccinate ME!

  2. Mark Anderson 2021-06-13

    Horses, horses, horses,, horses, coming in in all directions, white shining, silver studs, with their nose in flames. At the very least they will all be safe in So. Dak. and their riders, who cares?

  3. Arlo Blundt 2021-06-13

    Well…there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man

  4. cibvet 2021-06-13

    Am much more inclined for the safety of horses than some of the people who have them. Rule number one should be, show your vaccination card or wear a mask to compete or watch. South Dakotan’s keep screaming about a choice, so give them one. If they don’t like that choice, go home, another choice.

  5. mike from iowa 2021-06-13

    According to SHARK, rodeo horses, bulls and other critters aren’t safe no matter the alleged precautions. SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness. Lots of videos out there and ,lts of violent reactions from people using animals for sport.

  6. Mike Livingston 2021-06-14


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