Four horses with broken hearts (but no skin pain) appear to be out of the Olympics today, suspended for positive tests of capsaicin. Looks like the culprit was a topical (skin) pain reliever called Equi-Block...guaranteed not to test positive. To Horse and Hound for the rub:
At the tribunal yesterday in Hong Kong the International Equestrian Federation indicated that the banned substance, capsaicin, was an ingredient in some equestrian products in regular use.
Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has confirmed that it was identified by their rider Denis Lynch as an ingredient in a product called Equiblock used by him on his horse.
An HSI spokesman said : "Equi-block is a product used in similar circumstances to 'Deep Heat' used on humans and Denis Lynch explained to the tribunal that he commonly applies Equiblock to the horse's lower back prior to exercise."
Description:Racehorse Strength topical pain reliever with Capsaicin. Will not test positive.
Indications:For the temporary care of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neuralgias, simple backache, strains and sprains of ligaments and tendons, curb and splints in horses.
Ingredients:Active Ingredient: Capsaicin (0.025%)
Other Ingredients: Deionized Water, Chamomile Extract, Carbomer 940, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Propyl Gallate, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Fragrance.This product contains natural products and is subject to color change over time.
Is 'Deep-Heat the trouble a competitor gets into if he doesn't read the banned drug list?