Since magnesium is a naturally occurring nutrient, it would be hard to quantify, after the fact, that it was a cause of death...hey, your heart works on electricity (electrolytes) and when you "short it out" (with a mega dose of mag) they drop like a rock. Who is kidding whom here?
As I mentioned in my post on page 2 of this thread, it appears that, because of lack of protocol, neither the USEF nor the Devon Horse Show sought to recover the syringe (or its contents) . Even without accusations of Magnesium (which is known by most to be a pervasive issue), the picture that the "pony mom" took with her cell phone of the meds list (reported in The NYT story) is harrowing and appalling. The poor pony was a pin cushion! It is certainly possible that the person who administered/supervised the fatal injection to poor Humble nicked an artery--amazing that she hasn't done this more often given the over-the-top meds and her direct administration/supervision of them. In any scenario, the pony, or the hunter, or the eq horse, or the rider, is the victim. Is this a business? Most definitely. A sport? Not so much. Therein lies the rub!
However, I have to wonder ... Are the "benefits" of our more liberal drug policies a temporary improvement in performance, or an increase in long term health and soundness of the horse? Do horses in the USA have longer competitive careers becauses of better living through chemistry?
With a few exceptions, it seems to me that the majority of drugs given to competition horses are intended to (and may be be effective to) enhance the horses performance at the present time ... Many have long term detrimental effects on soundness, NOT benefits. I believe that any horse competing, especially at the upper levels of its discipline, should be able to do its job without drugs.
ETA Not USEF. There was a report noting the veteranary opinion at the necropsy that the pony died from complications of a lung disorder that may have been worsened by the "joint" medication. Perhaps I understood that to be the full report when it may have been the "partial" report allowed to be given to USEF.
I am surprised that any vet would want any part of releasing "partial" information, however, perhaps that was up to Ms. Mandarino.
Is dex legal to use at a show in USA?
How about with the random drug testing, we test every horse that places in the top three in the class. Since everybody is paying the drug fee, how about we put it to good use?
I do agree that a horse who tests positive, the horse and trainer should be banned for the year from showing. If they are caught again, they are banned for life.
Also the idea that each horse has ONE USEF number that cannot be transefered is awesome! This keeps said banned horse from changing names/numbers and competes at the USEF shows.
The rub is, that magnesium does not test..
So a rule could be made that any injection within a 12 hour period of showing needs to be administered by a vet, which is "easily" verified by drug testing. That would prevent mega-dosing the day of, but not restrict owners about giving potentially life saving IVs.
What does E.M. think she has to gain by continuing to spew all this venom all over the place? Wouldn't she be better off by at least trying to keep her mouth shut.
I feel very bad for her daughter who has to be subjected to this at an age when there is probably very little she can do about it.
Is it a case of USEF not wanting to bother? It looks it..