Spinoff - California Drugs & Meds Rules - Robaxin, Dex and Equioxx forbidden?
Thanks to Poltroon, I went and investigated the CA website for equine drugs - http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_...onsignors.html
In their downloadable document, "Differences between USEF and California Equine Medication Rule," it clearly states that Equioxx, Surpass, Robaxin and Dexamethasone and PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES and require a 24 hour withdrawal prior to competition.
The website also states the following:
A Drug Declaration Form is a legal document that an exhibitor or consignor must complete and file with an event manager for any horse at an event that has received a prohibited substance or an NSAID that a licensed veterinarian has deemed therapeutically necessary for the treatment of an illness or injury. Drug Declarations must be completed for drugs and medications administered three (3) days prior to the show/competition or five (5) days prior to the sale. The owner/exhibitor/trainer is to submit the completed drug declaration form to the event manager within one (1) hour of administration of the product(s) at the event. If the product administration occurs at a time other than during show or sale hours, the owner or trainer should submit the completed form within one (1) hour after an event manager returns to duty.
So, according to this website, ALL horses who receive bute or other therapeutic substances must file a Drug Declaration form. In addition, no Equioxx, Surpass, Robaxin or Dex may be given AT ALL at a show.
To be honest, I never realized the drug rules were different between USEF and CA. I've also given bute at multi-day shows but never even thought to file a report.
I've been tested a couple of times, but I think it was the USEF doing the testing and not the State of CA. Do they have separate testers or do the results go to both entities? Am I the only one who didn't realize there was a different set of standards?