Have you ever even thought to be concerned about liniment causing your horse to fail a drug test? Get ready for an eye-opening episode of the On the Rail podcast as we delve into the intricacies of equine drug medication usage rules. In this episode of the On the Rail podcast, we interviewed three guests from the industry: Ward Stutz, AQHA Director of Breed Integrity, Animal Welfare & Education; Dr. Billy Smith, Executive Director of APHA; and Dr. Stephen Schumacher, Chief Administrator of USEF's Equine Drugs and Medications Program.
The guests discussed the importance of equine drug medication usage rules for horse welfare and sport integrity. They shared insights into the drug testing procedures of AQHA, APHA, and USEF, as well as the responsibilities and disciplinary processes associated with failed tests.
The conversation also covered commonly used substances in the equine industry and strategies to ensure that supplements and seemingly innocent products don't result in failed tests.
Additionally, we explored the collection and analysis of samples, including the selection process for testing horses and the consequences of detecting prohibited substances.
Overall, this episode provided valuable information about equine drug medication usage rules and shed light on the challenges faced by those involved in their enforcement. Be sure to follow and share the podcast with your fellow equine enthusiasts.