This Week in Horse Health News Presented by MediVet Equine

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This Week in Horse Health News …

The breaking horse health news this week is, of course, that the USEF has banned the use of Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) in competition horses. MPA, commonly known as Depo, is a human contraceptive which is also used in horses to control hormones in mares or exert calming effects on geldings though it is not FDA-approved for use in equines. The ban comes after reports of equine fatalities and anaphylaxis. It is effective December 1, 2019 and carries a penalty range starting at a 3-6 month suspension and a fine of $3,000-$6,000 for a first offense. [US Equestrian]

Treating respiratory allergies and diseases in competition horses is tricky, but doable. Conditions like allergies and asthma in average pleasure horses is relatively easy to treat, but due to a number of factors, the challenges in managing these conditions generally increase as horses move up the levels. Belgian veterinarian and researcher Dr. Fe ter Woort recently reviewed the challenges that owners and veterinarians face in managing these conditions in competition horses, what can be done to keep them healthy, and competition-friendly treatments. [The Horse]

An investigation into the death of Breeder’s Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom is underway. Mongolian Groom suffered a catastrophic injury in the homestretch and was ultimately euthanized. Videos taken during workouts a week prior to the race which showed the colt visibly lame were shared heavily on social media, particularly after the race, and have called into question the pre-race veterinary protocols at Santa Anita. Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital was contracted by the Breeders’ Cup board to review the information relating to Mongolian Groom’s death, including his pre-race condition and the track’s pre-race protocols. [Paulick Report]