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Race Day medication reform   Horse Racing

Started 8/10/11 by LyndaP31; 54652 views.
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12/23/17

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From: Amy (1pony)

12/23/17

gunny101

From: gunny101

1/5/18

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,   

cigarello

From: cigarello

1/5/18

 Agreed with the article; very well written: the issue really is do they (American trainers and owners) want to learn

from experiences across the pond: I doubt it; here in America we want quick results-- they simply lack patience ---  and I  do not think that will change anytime soon. unfortunately.

gunny101

From: gunny101

1/5/18

Sadly, impatience is one of the pretty entrenched features of American culture.  There are lots of positives about American culture- optimism, can-do attitude, improvisation and ingenuity, but impatience is one of the big negatives.  The Asians, Europeans, and Africans pretty much shake their heads about this U.S. cultural feature. That said, most people only change when they are 1) forced to or 2) the pain of where they are is greater than the fear of what might be.  Most likely, change will have to be enacted by a governing agency. 

cigarello

From: cigarello

1/5/18

 well said my friend and so  true

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

1/21/18

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

1/22/18

Article on why Motion joined WHOA I thinks it’s a good reason. 

Amy (1pony)

From: Amy (1pony)

3/3/18

Yeah Kenny!! 

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

3/3/18

Good for him! See, it can be done!

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