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RULES ON MEDICATION AND SUBSTANCE ADMINISTRATION IN SHOW HORSES
Permitted medication and substances list: The following are permitted: - the use of one and only one non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)(e.g. phenylbutazone, flunixin, vedaprofen …etc). The presence of two or more NSAID in the blood is prohibited. It is your responsibility to verify the withdrawal time of the NSAID(s) you use if you decide to change the medication immediately before or during the competition in order to make sure that there is no overlap between the first and the second NSAID; - the use of antibiotics with the exception of Procain Penicillin G (commonly called white penicillin); - the use of altrenogest (Regumate ND) in mares. Please be forewarned that it is considered a prohibited substance in geldings and stallions; - the use of antiulcer medications such as ranitidine, cimetidine, omeprazole and sucralfate; - the use of antihelmintics (deworming substances) antiprotozoals and insect repellents with the exception of levamisole and tetramisole; - the use of vitamins, amino acids and electrolytes given orally; - the use of preventive or restorative joint therapies such as chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid (e.g. Legend®) and glycosaminoglycans (e.g. Adequan®). Prohibited medication and substances list: The following are strictly prohibited: - the use of any agent, cocktail or mixture that may affect the horse performances; - the use of any masking agent; - the use of any substance with no generally accepted medical use in horses as well as any substance which is usually a product described for use in humans or other species. Here is a list of medication and substances prohibited in show horses: - the combination of anti-inflammatory drugs (steroidal and/or non-steroidal), with similar or distinct pharmacological actions, as well as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs); - Procain Penicillin G; - DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide); - Hyoscine (n-butyl-scopolamine); - local anaesthetics; - muscle relaxants (e.g.: methocarbamol, propantheline …etc); - antipsychotic, antiepileptic, hypertensive and antihypertensive drugs (e.g. reserpine, gabapentin, fluphenazine, guanabenz …etc); - antidepressant drugs, including tricyclic ones (TCAs); - tranquilizers, sedative drugs (including sedating antihistaminics) commonly used in human and/or animal species, including benzodiazepines, barbiturates and azaperone; - narcotic and opiod analgesic drugs as well as endorphins; - amphetamines and other central nervous system stimulants including cocaine and related psychotic drugs; - sympathomimetic cardiac stimulants; - beta-blocking drugs (e.g. propranolol, atenolol, timolol …etc); - Atropine and related drugs; - central and peripheral respiratory stimulants; - bronchondilating drugs, clenbuterol (Ventipulmin®) and all products used in the treatment of recurrent airway disease (RAD) or heaves; - mucolytic drugs and couch suppressants (e.g. bromhexine …etc); - diuretic drugs and other masking agents; - anabolic steroids (including testosterone in mares and geldings) and growth promoters (e.g. GnRh); - anticoagulant drugs (e.g. heparin, warfarin …etc); - peptides and genetically recombinant substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), insulin growth factor and growth hormone;
- hormonal products (natural or synthesized) (e.g. adrenocorticotropic hormone ACTH, cortisol …etc) above the threshold; - substances designed and marketed primarily for human use or use in other species and for which alternative and generally accepted products are available for use in horses; - hypersensitizing or hyposensitizing agents (organic or inorganic) and/or other subtances likely to have been applied to body parts or to tack in order to influence horse performances; - evacuants (e.g. magnesium sulfate …etc) - oxygen carriers; - and all other substances with a similar chemical structure to the above listed drugs or similar biological effect(s). EMERGENCY VETERINARY TREATMENT: Some horses, because of an acute illness or injury, require immediate veterinary assistance within days before competition. Drugs used by your treating veterinarian at that moment may be prohibited drugs. It is your responsibility to inform your treating veterinarian that you are supposed to compete with your horse soon and that you would appreciate if he could use permitted drugs rather than prohibited ones. In very rare cases, your treating veterinarian will have no other choice than to use prohibited drugs to help your horse. These drugs may not have cleared from your horse’s system in time for competition, may also be detrimental for your horse to continue in the competition, or may improve / alter its physical capabilities (doping). Consequently, it is your responsibility: (1) to self disclose to the Rodeo-Vet veterinarians, in advance, that your horse, because of acute illness or injury, required immediate treatment with a drug, which may not have cleared from its body in time for competition, and, (2) to give an Emergency Medication Report fully completed by your treating veterinarian, with signature (there is an official template entitled “Emergency Medication Report” on the Festival Western de Saint-Tite website, under the veterinary section) WARNING: (1) The drug (medication or substance) used:
- should be given at therapeutic dosage,
- should not have any permitted equivalent,
- should not favor the horse capabilities,
- should have been administered by a licensed veterinarian.
(2) Administration of a drug for such purposes as shipping or clipping or for elective procedures (e.g. dentistry procedure, foot trimming procedure …etc) is considered neither acute nor therapeutic. Self-disclosing to the official veterinarians and filling an Emergency Medication Report do not give automatic clearance in allowing the horse to compete but such an attitude demonstrates great honesty and fair play that could be taken into consideration. Each case will be evaluated individually. The Rodeo-Vet veterinarians will report to the Official Judges. The Official Judges will decide on the horse future in the Festival Western Saint-Tite 2010 competitions, and will either take no further action, issue a warning or give sanctions. Your honesty and fair play will be of great importance in the decision-making process. Please note that: (1) the Rodeo-Vet veterinarians are either experienced equine practitioners or specialist in equine surgery . Consequently, they are all very well informed about drugs and substances commercially available to treat horses. (2) if you have an Emergency Medication Report prepared by your treating veterinarian, it is your responsibility to present it to the Rodeo-Vet veterinarians when they evaluate your horse at the vetcheck Please have all your veterinarian contact information with you at that moment and make sure your treating veterinarian will be reachable when you pass the vetcheck. Official veterinarians may have to talk with your veterinarian at that time.
(3) to prevent abuse of Emergency Medication Report, equine drug testing may be specifically targeted at horses that received medication or substances in the days that preceded the Festival Western Saint-Tite even though they are mentioned in an Emergency Medication Report
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