Copenhagen - The Other Story - Horse People are you Following This?

14 years 2 months ago #21338 by Toast
The FEI - International Equestrian Federation, which controls dressage, endurance, eventing, para equestrian, show jumping & vaulting (did I get them all?) General Assembly has just taken place in Copenhagen.

Read this to see what is going on in the world of drugs in horse sports & changes which are probably coming up. Can we afford to be lenient about drugs in horse sports?

The Full Story from Copenhagen

On that subject, did you hear the warning that they are now able to test for (both in the future & retrospectively) for Levamisole (worm drench with 48 hour withholding period) in competition horses. It has been administered in the past "with spectactular results". Testing for Levamisole

Several racehorse trainers have been tapped on the shoulder & the rest of horse people have been warned. Good that they are not suddenly testing & charging people, but are warning that it will be tested for.

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14 years 2 months ago #310074 by LongRidge
What on Earth are they concerned about with levamisol in competition horses? Does it make them perform better? Or is it a requirement that horses must be wormed with levamisol before they are permitted to compete? If it is that, then what about horses that have worms that are resistant to levamisol?

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14 years 2 months ago #310085 by Kiwi303
however, wormers are not performance enhancing and are therefore allowed with one exception – levamisole, a drug that is thought to have some immuno-stimulatory properties.

Ah, this sounds more like it! Levamisole metabolises to form traces of a prohibated performance enhancing Class I drug.

A group of 11 harness racing trainers facing stiff fines and suspensions received an early Christmas present late last week when word came they had been exonerated by the Ontario Racing Commission.

In February of 2007, the trainers each had a horse -- or two horses in one trainer's case -- test positive for a Class 1 drug called Aminorex. The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, which regulates horse racing federally, says Class 1 drugs are the most serious performance enhancing substances, ones with no therapeutic value and the potential to do serious harm to the horse. Thus, the penalties for Class 1 drugs are the most severe.

But something was very strange from the start about the sudden rash of Aminorex positives that came for horses trained by Jeff Gillis, Anthony Haughan, Sandra Houghton, Mario Macri, Anthony Montini, Jeff Nicol, Kevin O'Reilly, Lynn Privett, Kelly Sheppard, Ben Wallace and Rick Zeron.

It turns out the trainers had given their horses a legal sheep deworming product called Levamisole which, in horses, is used as an immune stimulant. What the industry didn't know was Levamisole also metabolized in a horse to produce Aminorex.

Carry on reading, and it's not a perfect match, but close enough that levamisole metabolites trigger a false positive for the drug, needing further tests to settle the matter, easier to just ban something that causes false negatives since there are other wormers that do the same job without the metabolite byproducts.

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14 years 2 months ago #310447 by GloPony
Yes Toast. The equestrian world is in an uproar & I doubt the FEI will pursue it. Aside from the sporting aspect, it's a welfare issue more than anything. Dosing horses up on bute so they can compete is going to mean a lot more fatalities for both horses & humans. Personally, I think the FEI committee must be the ones doing drugs to have come up with such a stupid idea in the first place!

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