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Changes To Items Allowed In Retention

Published: September 16, 2016 4:35 pm ET

Last Comment: September 17, 2016 10:42 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Friday, September 16, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency unveiled a revised list of items allowed in the retention area.

A release from the CPMA outlines that towels will no longer be allowed in the retention area, but that bandage cutters and leg wraps are now allowed.

The revised list will have a full implementation date of October 1, 2016.

The contents of the CPMA release appear below in English, followed by French.

Revised list of items allowed in the retention area

In order to maintain an effective equine drug control program, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has revised the list of items allowed into the retention area. Please note that all items permitted into the retention area must leave with the horse.

The new list of items is as follows:

• Tack and equipment horse is wearing upon entry
• Halter and leadshank
• Empty bucket
• Sponge, scraper
• Horse blanket (cooler)
• Equipment needed for sample collection, such as a twitch or blinkers
• Dry leg wrap
• Bandage cutters

The revised list will have a full implementation date of October 1, 2016.

This new list balances the need for horsepersons to properly care for their horse with the responsibility to ensure a safe and controlled environment for the collection of equine samples. Consideration is also given to the fact that the horses are in the retention area for a short period of time, at most one hour.

There are three main changes to the list of permitted items. Bandage cutters and leg wraps are now allowed. Leg wraps must be dry and clean upon entry; horsepersons are free to wet them in the retention area to apply “cold water” bandages. The type of leg wrap/bandage that is allowed has not been restricted.

Towels will no longer be allowed in the retention area. Towels are tools that serve many purposes in a barn and consequently have the potential to be exposed to a variety of drugs and products, whether applied directly, or indirectly (e.g., through horse saliva). Horsepersons will continue to have access to a scraper to dry their horse, a cooler of any weight (from fly sheet to wool cooler) to keep their horse’s muscles from getting chilled and a sponge to clean their horse’s head and nostrils.

We understand that the revised list will require some adaptation by horsepersons. We would like to thank you for your ongoing cooperation to ensure that the equine drug control program remains effective and up to date.

Liste révisée d’objets permis dans l’enclos

Afin d’assurer un programme de contrôle des drogues équines efficace, l’Agence canadienne du pari mutuel (ACPM) a révisé la liste d’objets permis dans l’enclos. S’il vous plaît, noter que tous les objets permis dans l’enclos doivent sortir avec le cheval.

La nouvelle liste d’objets est la suivante :

• Sellerie et équipement portés par le cheval à son arrivée dans l’enclos
• Licou et longe
• Seau vide
• Éponge, grattoir
• Couverture du cheval (couverture de refroidissement)
• Équipement nécessaire au prélèvement de l'échantillon tel que tord-nez, œillères
• Bandages secs
• Ciseaux à pansement

La nouvelle liste entrera en vigueur le 1er octobre 2016.

Cette nouvelle liste tient compte du besoin des professionnels du cheval de bien prendre soin de leurs chevaux et également d’assurer une zone contrôlée et sécuritaire pour le prélèvement d’échantillons équins. L’ACPM a aussi considéré le fait que les chevaux restent dans l’enclos pour une courte durée, voire une heure au maximum.

Il y a trois changements principaux à la liste d’objets permis. Des ciseaux à pansement et des bandages secs sont maintenant permis. Les bandages doivent être secs et propres lorsqu’ils entrent dans l’enclos; les professionnels du cheval peuvent les mouiller pour créer des bandages « d’eau froide ». La sorte de bandage permise n’a pas été restreinte.

Les serviettes ne seront plus permises dans l’enclos. Les serviettes sont des outils qui servent à plusieurs fins dans une écurie et ont donc le potentiel d’être exposées à une variété de drogues et d’autres produits, directement ou indirectement (p. ex. la salive du cheval). Les professionnels du cheval continueront à avoir accès à un grattoir pour sécher leur cheval, une couverture de refroidissement (incluant couverture à mouches) pour empêcher le refroidissement des muscles du cheval, et une éponge pour nettoyer la tête et les naseaux du cheval.

Nous reconnaissons que cette nouvelle liste nécessite une adaptation. Nous voulons vous remercier pour votre coopération continue afin d’assurer que le programme de contrôle de drogues équines demeure efficace et à jour.

September 17, 2016 - 10:42 am100% agreed with Blair &

Dan Fisher SAID...

100% agreed with Blair & Jack. Not only is a towel absolutely necessary for drying off the horse's head, body & heels, but on hot days/nights a towel over the horse's back often replaces a cooler, after the bath. This list has to be revised or clean towels will have to be supplied.

September 16, 2016 - 10:00 pmYou are absolutely right,

Jack Darling SAID...

You are absolutely right, Blair. Clean dry towels will have to be provided in the test barn by the CPMA if we are not allowed to bring our own.

September 16, 2016 - 6:24 pmNot that I spend a lot of

Not that I spend a lot of time in the test barn lately, but they better come up with some sort of compromise to this stupid edict. Horses need to be towelled off to properly cool out or cool down. The Ontario Racing Commission's own warnings about handling horses in hot conditions states that all water should be taken off the horse or it acts as a heat insulator. And in the winter removing as much water as possible is just common sense. A horse staying damp unnecessarily is just not good horsemanship in hot or cold conditions. And a scraper alone will not do the job. Either the test barn will have to insist on clean towels being used OR they will have to provide clean towels. If "cross contamination" is such a risk we shouldn't use water pails, bath pails, sponges, scrapers or any item that's used on multiple horses. Towels are not the only thing touching other horses and things in the barn.

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