Looks like it is on sale at Dr. Juan Gamboa's vet site....$62
I think this is the show vet for Bob Bell's Classic Company's shows in the SE. I believe he is from Aiken, SC
"This is an injectable supplement of a combination of aminoacids. None of the injectables products I use contains magnesium or any medication that iwill cause any harm to the horses. The safety and well being of the horses is a priority in my practice. It make your horse concentrate in his/her job. Rumors about testing are around. The ingredients of Carolina Gold are easily found on the website. Use it at your own risk. Our clients (owner and patient information on file) don't need a prescription. Others, a prescription is required. Please fax the prescription to 803-753-9737, be sure to include the order number from our website and your full name and contact information as listed on the order."
It's being given minutes before going in the ring, produces a noticeable calming effect, and is a hot item right now. The active ingredient is gama aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and as such it induces similar effects to a sedative, i.e. decreased reaction time, lethargy, etc... One BNT said to me when I asked about Carolina Gold's effects, "I dunno, but in the schooling ring, their heads are up, tails might be "active", you give the Gold and their heads are down, tails are still and you win."
From my point of view, you could see the ban coming from a mile away (hell, 10 miles!):
The anticonvulsant drug, Neurontin (gabapentin) is a GABA analogue. It's used to treat many different conditions, neurogenic pain being one. That's why I was prescribed gabapentin and I found it sedating as all get out. There's been little research on the safety of repeated injections of GABA and it most definitely affects behavior/performance, so good riddance from the show grounds! Although, I don't believe a test for GABA exists just yet....
I just got this email from USEF yesterday, but hadn't heard of it. How timely
February 22, 2012
Important Information Regarding the Use of the Prohibited Substance GABA – Ingredient in Commercial Product “Carolina Gold”
From the USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - Tasked with protecting the welfare of equine athletes and ensuring the balance of competition, the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program consistently monitors new products and product claims. From time-to-time products appear on the equine supplement market making claims of their effects on the performance of horses in competition.
Recently, reports of the use of a product called "Carolina Gold" have been brought to the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program. One of the principal constituents of this product is gama aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter.
While initially not considered a forbidden substance, the use of GABA as a "calming supplement" does violate the spirit and intent of the Equine Drugs and Medications Rule. During recent research and administration trials involving "Carolina Gold," many adverse reactions were documented. The nature of these reactions has prompted immediate action from the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program.
Effective immediately, "Carolina Gold" or any other product containing GABA is considered a forbidden substance under USEF rules. Further, because there are no recognized medical uses for this substance, the use of a Medication Report Form to report its administration is not applicable.
The detection of GABA is being actively pursued by the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program and will be implemented without delay or notice. No further announcements will be forthcoming regarding the use of “Carolina Gold” or GABA. All positive findings will be forwarded to the USEF Hearing Committee. Trainers and veterinarians involved in the sale or use of this substance may be subject to fines and/or suspensions.
Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. - Author Unknown
“The detection of GABA is being actively pursued by the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program and will be implemented without delay or notice. No further announcements will be forthcoming regarding the use of ‘Carolina Gold’ or GABA. All positive findings will be forwarded to the USEF Hearing Committee. Trainers and veterinarians involved in the sale or use of this substance may be subject to fines and/or suspensions.”
This GABA is still for sale on the vets website although there is a posting that it has been banned by the USEF. Do you think he gets a slap on the wrist for cooking this stuff up in his lab? How about the trainers? I guess they get a free past on anything in the past.
I think Juan should buy some new underwear!
I was thinking the same thing findeight. Wasn't it he/his company that mis-compounded the injection that killed all of those polo ponies?
It was an error on the part of a pharmacy in compounding the stuff for the polo ponies... I never did see who the vet was that ordered the stuff.
from Scientific American Magazine 4/30/ 2009
"The source of the toxic overdose appears to be supplement injections the horses received a few hours before they began falling to the ground. Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, which filled the prescription for the supplement—a cocktail of selenium, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium -- has owned up to the mistake: "The strength of an ingredient in a medication Franck’s Pharmacy prepared for the 21 horses on the Lechuza Polo team was incorrect," Jennifer Beckett, the pharmacy's chief operations officer, said in a statement. "We can confirm that the ingredient was selenium."
I believe Dr. Gamboa was quoted in a COTH article regarding magnesium injections a few months ago and his name was then brought up in this forum regarding his quote, website, and practices in regards to magnesium supplementation and injection. The polo ponies were a different thing entirely.