ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: AERC Drug policy

Re: AERC Drug policy

Truman Prevatt (truman.prevatt@netsrq.com)
Sat, 06 Dec 1997 09:42:07 -0500

>So what is the difference between
>- administering (or feeding) GAGS to increase production of cartilage,
>or hyaluronic acid for increased synovial fluid
>- or anabolic agents such as Gamma Oryzanol to increase muscle mass
>- or even adding fat to the diet in order to 'train' the horse's body
>to better metabolize fat?
>I do not see that GAGS or HA fall into the same category as the
>pain relieving, or anti-inflammatory drugs (or feed additives) such as
>bute, yucca, or even MSM. While the horse's ability to compete may
>be enhanced, there is no masking of pain, or short-term (24 hrs)
>performance enhancement to my knowlege.

Furthermore GAGS or HA do not have the morning of the ride to have any
effect. You can eaisly withdraw GAGS for a 96 hours without impacting
their positive effect.

We had a very long discussion on this subject last year about this time
where a lot of good comments were made.


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