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Re: [RC] Bute 4 days before competition - Lynn Kinsky

Ed said

The AERC rule is "no detectable amount".

The AERC rule does not contain these words at all. What it does say is that any "equines who contain evidence of the administration of abnormal substances or of normal substances in abnormal amounts...shall be grounds for review by the Protest and Grievance committee with input of the Veterinary Committee."

Who then can, presumably, decide whether the amount in
evidence is enough to disqualify the horse under the
requirement "that the equine is not influenced by any drug,
medication or veterinary treatment."

Therefore, according to the AERC rule, the Protest and
Grievance Committee, with input from the Veterinary
Committee, can then determine if the horse is under the
influence of the drug that they found evidence of.

A horse is NOT automatically disqualified by any "detectable

That said, I have no idea whether the amount that might be
detectable after four days would be considered by the Vet
and Protest Committees to be enough to influence the
performance of the horse.  It probably depends upon how much
was given and the metabolism of the particular horse.

Orange County, Calif.

The AERC Drug Policy (http://www.aerc.org/veterinary.html) says "It is advised that non-permissable substances not be given within 96 hours of the competition to minimize any likelihood of a substance being picked up on testing".
Lynn Kinsky Santa Ynez, CA

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[RC] Bute 4 days before competition, k s swigart