Antihistamines and NSAIDs and nutraceuticals, oh my! Have a question about equine drugs or medications at Equestrian Canada (EC) sanctioned competitions? EC’s Equine Medication Control Committee is here to answer your questions on the EC Equine Medication Control program.

Can I cool out my horse before the Medication Control Test?

Horse welfare is of the utmost importance to EC. Technicians understand the importance of routines such as cooling down, but also want to make medication control a smooth experience for all competitors.

Some horses can urinate very quickly after competition and Technicians need to be ready at the testing location for this moment. Time permitting, Technicians may enable the handler to ensure the horse is attended to with minimal disruption to the testing process.

How can you help?

  • Remember the collection time starts when the horse is in the testing location and free from distractions. Taking longer to cool out does not run out the clock!
  • Cooperate with the Testing Technician (Article 1010.1.d).
  • Respectfully ask questions. The Technician is here to help!
  • Let the Technician know what your horse may need, and work together to provide it.

Do you have a question you’d like the Equine Medication Control Committee to answer? Send your inquiries about the EC Equine Medication Control program to

Please note, this does not constitute legal advice. Information included in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not, and should not be taken as, advice regarding a particular situation. You should not rely on, nor take or fail to take any action based upon this information. You are encouraged to seek legal advice regarding your circumstances, and you should not rely upon anything you have read in this article without seeking appropriate legal advice regarding the application of EC Equine Medication Control Rules to your particular circumstances.

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