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FEI Blood Rule Change

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  • FEI Blood Rule Change

    FEI voted to have the blood rule changed.

    Under the new eventing blood rule, there are differences for each phase.

    For dressage: "If the ground jury suspects bleeding on the Horse during the test, he will stop the Horse to check. If the Horse shows fresh blood, it will be eliminated. The elimination is final. If the Judge through examination clarifies that the Horse has no fresh blood, the Horse may resume and finish its test."

    For cross-country: "All blood on the horse, if induced by the athlete (blood, bit, and whip), must be reviewed case by case by the Ground Jury. Non-minor cases of blood will result in Elimination."

    If the horse is bleeding in the mouth, the ground jury, in consultation with the veterinarian, can examine it and permit the horse to continue. But the wording was changed from "minor" bleeding to "fresh" bleeding in the mouth that will lead to the investigation.

    For show jumping: Horses with blood on the flanks or mouth will be eliminated. "In minor cases of blood, such as where a Horse appears to have bitten its tongue or lip, Officials may authorize the rinsing or wiping of the mouth and allow the Athlete to continue; any further evidence of blood in the mouth will result in Elimination (refer article 241). For all minor cases of blood induced by the Athlete in the mouth or related to spurs a Recorded Warning will be issued by the Ground Jury after providing the athlete the opportunity to have a hearing," states the rest of the rule.
    Although I am happy they are looking into it and wanting to make it a better sport. I do feel that this isn't a big change, and the recent events in the last couple of years can still happen with the same outcome. A GJ and vet can make the decision to let them continue on, even if they are a reoccurring combination who show signs of blood of the mouth. This rule won't stop this combination.

  • #2
    that's a whole bunch of nothing imo. What a shame they could have actually made a difference.


    • #3
      I don't see how these "rule changes" will change anything. What a waste of time.


      • #4
        Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

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        • #5
          I will see two of my friends who are FEI officials this weekend and I'm going to ask them if the rule changes anything for them. They are the frontline in this battle, I think.
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          • #6
            Seems to me that it's all going to depend on the training PEI officials get in how apply the new rules. I'd be interested to hear what the FEI officials have to say about how the new rules are to be implemented.
            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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            • #7
              Literally cannot roll my eyes far back enough. Not sure what difference this makes.

              Ohhhh, but those neckstraps - better make sure they are attached!!! Because that's important.
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              • #8
                What about welfare of the horse? These rules still mean that being late for a vet inspection or rude to an official or accidentally jumping something wrong incurs a yellow card - which is half way to a suspension - but blood caused by the rider to their mount can be excused or just given a verbal warning.

                You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng


                • #9
                  Sadly that sounds like the Same old same old!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blugal View Post
                    What about welfare of the horse? These rules still mean that being late for a vet inspection or rude to an official or accidentally jumping something wrong incurs a yellow card - which is half way to a suspension - but blood caused by the rider to their mount can be excused or just given a verbal warning.

                    Exactly. Sannois and Rnichols, Blugal - these were my thoughts. The wording is essentially meaningless.
                    I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.
                    Frederick Douglass