Have you heard? After the USEF Mid-Year Meeting, two extraordinary measure have been taken and two new rulings have been put in place… and ASAP. They are concerning horse welfare, and I am ALL for fair treatment of my equine friends. You see, these new rules are all about keeping horses safe and keeping the playing field fair for all at horse shows.
The first change introduces a new category of rules called “Prohibited Practices” to the USEF Rule Book, all of these rules will take effect on December 1, 2013. To read the entire rule change, click here.
But basically, here’s the general gist if you don’t feel like reading the WHOLE thing:
• No horses or ponies may be injected within twelve hours prior to competing.
• There are only three exceptions to this rule: therapeutic fluids, antibiotics, and Dexamethasone for the treatment of hives (specific dosing guidelines are provided for the exceptions concerning fluids and Dexamethasone).
• All excepted substances must be administered by a veterinarian and cannot be administered to a horse or pony within six hours prior to competing.
The second rule change becomes effective on August 1, 2013 (Wowzers, thats soon!), and concerns the actions taken should a horse or pony collapse at a USEF Licensed Competition. To read all about it, visit the USEF website.
Important components of this change are below:
• A collapse is defined as “a fall to the ground with no apparent cause.”
• The trainer, owner, or rider of a horse must report a collapse no later than three hours after it has occurred.
• Any horse or pony that collapses is subject to drug and medication testing and inspection by a USEF appointed veterinarian (at USEF’s expense).
• Cooperation with the Federation as to an investigation concerning a horse/pony collapse or death is mandated.
What do you think? Good rules? Or do you think they step over the line? I want to hear your thoughts!
Signing Off Now!