The World Equine Veterinary Association has called upon the FEI to rescind or at least reconsider its decision to accept the “so-called” progressive list of medications for competition horses.
The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) has called upon the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) to rescind or at least reconsider its decision to accept the “so-called” progressive list of medications for competition horses.
This progressive list includes controlled medication and allows horses to have a low level of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) before competitions.
According to WEVA president Tim Greet, the association views the FEI decision to adopt this “progressive list” of medication with great concern. The association’s criticism of changes to FEI international competition policy adds to the worldwide dissent already levelled at FEI by organisations and individuals, including BEVA. Even leading FEI officials and vets are said to be up in arms over the decision.
In an official statement, Professor Greet said: “Our association wishes to add its voice to the very substantial body of worldwide opinion, calling for the FEI to revise its decision. At the very least we urge you not to implement it pending further review.
“The decision has clearly caused considerable anxiety throughout the equestrian industry and WEVA believes this anxiety must be relieved at the very earliest opportunity.
“WEVA, with many other national and international bodies, has grave concerns that horses competing whilst under treatment with pain-relieving medication are at increased risk of musculoskeletal lesions that could progress to catastrophic injury.”
Prof Greet said the FEI’s announcement should be regarded as “a retrograde step for everyone involved in all aspects of equine sporting activity” and claimed that it was contrary to the aspiration of drug-free competition shared by both those involved with equine sport and the general public.
Addressing the FEI directly, Prof Greet said: “We would strongly encourage an urgent international review of the evidence upon which your decision was based. If necessary, further research should be undertaken. It is in our view, imperative in the light of worldwide reaction, that you announce your decision will be reconsidered without delay.”