FEI Veterinary Committee Reports on Activities

The Veterinary Committee of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) presented a report on its activities at the organization's general assembly, held Nov. 17-21, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Highlights of the report:

  • The Olympic Games 2008 Hong Kong were recognized as a great success. This event has left a legacy in the body of work regarding the welfare of competition horses in hot and humid climates. The FEI climate monitoring project at the test event produced critical information. Special thanks are offered to the Olympic Games Organizing Committee and especially to the veterinary surgeons who gave up much of their time to contribute. The FEI is also very grateful to WHW and Peden for their sponsorship of the highly informative Heat and Humidity workshop held in February.
  • 2007 Medication Control Report: Testing increased overall. The number of positives tests showed a decrease since 2004 from 4% to 1% in 2007; the rate has been running at 0.7% in 2008.
  • Capsaicin might have legitimate as well as illegitimate usage, but it will be considered a doping agent due to its possible usage in abuse.
  • A horse movement group was created and has been recognized as essential for the development of the sport. Its objectives are, among others, the facilitation in testing and certification protocol, and increased acceptance of a model health certificate. The group will also work on a strategy for addressing emerging diseases, which is a priority with the changing climates and increasingly global competition.
  • Research: the footing research project is progressing. A seminar was held in March to review and get input from riders, trainers, and veterinary surgeons. Other projects include Prof. Jeffcott's project on equitation science.
  • The committee is in discussion with the FEI Legal Department on the creation of an appeal procedure for pony measurement rules.
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