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A. Kent Allen DVM

March 11, 2015

There’s More To Drug Violations Than Parts Per Million

As drug tests have evolved over the years, the USEF Drugs and Medications Department has continually upgraded their program to protect the horse and maintain a level playing field.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Equine Drugs and Medications Program has worked to protect the welfare of equine athletes and ensure the balance of competition for more than 40 years. The safety and welfare of the horse is always our first and foremost concern; concerns about performance enhancement are secondary.

July 18, 2011

The Snowball We Dared Not Hope For

Our columnist explains how equine sports medicine technologies are building momentum at a pace human doctors can only dream of.

As a sport horse veterinarian, I sometimes have to step back and ask myself, “How did things change so much, so fast?”

January 20, 2011

Surviving The Pre-Purchase Exam

Our columnist tells how to best prepare—whether you’re buying or selling—for what is sometimes a dreaded experience.

Buying or selling a horse can be a traumatic experience. On one side the buyer has found what he hopes is the perfect horse and desperately wants it to be “The One.” On the other side of the fence is the seller, who hopes to move a horse to a good home and make some money in the process. There often are a variety of advisors or agents on either side of the equation who are expected to give their professional opinion on the suitability of the horse.

July 2, 2010

The N=1 Syndrome

Our columnist explores why many “experts” base their conclusions on a singular experience—and shouldn’t.

I met someone at a party the other day, and he asked me about a problem that his horse had. Before I could respond, the partygoer standing next to me (drink in hand) jumped in and told the person what the diagnosis was, what he needed to do and what the horse’s problem was going to be in recovery.

March 5, 2010

Changes To The Drug Rules Are On The Horizon

Several changes happened to national and international medication rules last fall. You probably heard the controversy and discussion surrounding one or both, which isn’t surprising if you read this magazine or actively compete.

One of the issues is the U.S. Equestrian Federation single non-steroidal anti-inflammatory rule. This is a discussion about reducing two allowed NSAIDs (such as bute, Banamine, etc.) given to our horses down to one.

July 3, 2009

The Dangers Of Over-Medication And Under-Diagnosis

In his introductory Between Rounds, our new columnist discusses one of the primary problems in the sport horse world today.

In this day and age, there are many medications available to humans and horses. While some of these medications are quite benign, most of them have varying degrees of side effects. Some of the side effects are relatively minor, while some are rapidly fatal.

Recent national events, such as the deaths of 21 polo ponies in April, have shown us that we must take great care in what we put in our horses.

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