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Race Day medication reform   Horse Racing

Started 8/10/11 by LyndaP31; 28681 views.
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Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

5/8/17

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

8/8/17

I am proud of New Mexico for taking this step in out of competition testing. It will help the trainers and owners who train in NM win races that in the past were won by shippers from Texas IMHO.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

8/8/17

How long does it take for drugs to show up in hair? Do they compensate for drug therapy prior to a return to training? What if a worker transfers something from their hands to a horses' body/hair?

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

8/8/17

I think mostly they are looking for Anabolic Steroids, I believe they show up right away and they show up longer than a blood sample does. Transfer from a person to the hair is less likely to occur making this a safer procedure.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

8/8/17

Okay, thanks.

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

Dec-23

Paulick report did  three day intensive articles on how the UK does racing medication free. In the third article one thing that stood out to me and has been in the back of my head for a very long time is that our horses are not fit and therefore do tend to get body sore hence needing bute and banamine. 

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From: Amy (1pony)

Dec-23

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From: Amy (1pony)

Dec-23

gunny101

From: gunny101

Jan-5

Agreed!  If  you look at how horses were conditioned and raced 50 years ago, compared to now, there's a big difference. 

This also reflects the general European medical mindset  -- drugs are the last resort not the first step taken.  In Europe, taking even an aspirin is a big deal - most people will just deal with a headache until it subsides. Kids with ear infections are not prescribed antibiotics immediately.  Typically, they return to the doctor the next day or more so the physician can see whether the ear infection is better or worse.  .  In many cases, kids' ear infections resolve just fine without antibiotic use - just takes a bit of time.

I have two friends who are practicing equine vets in Europe - and they are quite unhappy about the use of medications in the U.S. They say Americans are just too impatient - nature heals a lot if just given time. They also use more natural treatments. IMHO, we can learn a lot from across the pond in terms of both humans and animals medicine,   

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