I’m astonished that there was no testing program in place already. Race horses are tested extensively. From AP-
The U.S. Polo Association has quietly moved to start randomly drug testing horses, months after 21 prized ponies dropped dead in South Florida.
The horses, belonging to a Venezuelan team, died in April as they stepped off trailers before a championship match. The state veterinarian has blamed it on an overdose of a common mineral that helps muscles recover from fatigue. Before the match, they were given a concoction of vitamin supplements mixed by a local pharmacy.
A pilot testing program is expected to be in place by January 2010. That is when the next polo season begins.
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