28 March 2013
Guidelines developed by the AAEP Task Force on Medication in the Non-Racing Performance Horse:
"All therapeutic treatments for performance horses should be based upon a specific diagnosis and administered in the context of a valid and transparent owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship."
Doping Takes Center Stage At USEF Convention By: Sara Lieser
"But with the Times article, along with two ponies collapsing at USEF Pony Finals after injections and another horse dying on Dec. 1 after an injection at an Ohio show, the timeline for action has significantly speeded up. And Allen didn’t spend long praising what had already been done. “We as an organization should make sure we are looking at what we can do to improve our medication rules for the welfare of the horse. That’s our mission; that’s the specific mandate of both D&M and the Veterinary Committee,” he said."
"The biggest change? No injectable medications later than 12 hours before competition. There would be three exceptions: intravenous fluids (without extra electrolytes), intravenous antibiotics and a limited amount of dexamethasone. All of these would require a medication report form and would need to be administered by a veterinarian."