Planning to show your horse in 2014? Here’s what you need to know about changes to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) drug and medication rules.
A new category of rules referred to as “Prohibited Practices” has been introduced to the USEF Rule Book which will take effect Dec. 1, 2013. The first rule to be adopted in this category is commonly referred to as the “12 Hour Rule.” It was introduced in March of 2013 by the USEF Veterinary Committee and following extensive feedback from USEF Technical Committees, Working Groups, and from attendees at USEF Town Hall Meetings, the USEF Board of Directors at their mid-year meeting approved the proposal. The proposal, its entirety, states:
GR 414 Prohibited Practices
1. No injectable substances may be administered to any horse or pony within 12 hours prior to competing, with the following three exceptions subject to paragraph 2 below:
a. Therapeutic fluids, which amount must consist of a minimum of 10L of polyionic fluids; and which must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines. The fluids must not be supplemented with concentrated electrolytes, such as magnesium.
b. Antibiotics. Procaine penicillin G is prohibited under this exception.
c. Dexamethasone. This is permitted only for the treatment of acute urticaria (hives). The dose must not exceed 0.5 mg per 100lb (5.0 mg for 1000lb horse) if administered more than 6 hours and less than 12 hours prior to entering the competition ring, and must not exceed 1.0 mg per 100lb (10.0 mg for 1000lb horse) within any 24-hour period.
(Source – http://www.farms.com/news/changes-to-usef-fei-medication-rules-for-2014-70165.aspx)