They're using them "off label" for purposes other than OA. Cheaters use drugs meant for specific purposes for specific populations, but have the effects that they desire.Somnambulist wrote: ↑Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:29 pmSomewhere in that article it mentioned it was approved for horses older than 4 and it was used to treat OA amongst other things. I'm lead to believe some percentage then has OA. I know horses aren't people but that is a fairly jarring thought when we consider OA to be an "older" disease (which by no means means that it can't happen sooner).Sparrow Castle wrote: ↑Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:01 pmThey don't. It's the drive to present unblemished scans for big money babies at the sales. Ask most any breed-to-race owner and they'll tell you most of their best homebreds wouldn't have passed a vet scan. I think using it on horses <4 years old should be criminal. I'm also upset about not disclosing prior surgeries. I'm really shocked at how widespread these things are rumored to be. It's got me very discouraged and depressed.
I think the industry as a whole right now, fan or otherwise, is hurting a bit. There are a lot of moral problems I think a lot of people are wrestling with.
In the age of social media I guess I aam surprised at the amount of dirty little secrets that racing has. It seems many "insiders" know about them but yet don't do much/continue to enable it and at that point where is the onus, truly?
I always knew there were a lot of dirty secrets in this sport. Didn't know what they were but thought I knew at least some of the individuals to stay away from. Now I'm not so sure anymore. And there's always been "the code of silence" on the backside, another thing I detest. This is why I think revealing vet records could be huge. Yeah, cheaters won't disclose illegal substances in them, but if they do find discrepancies there should be huge penalties. Like taking away licenses, fines, maybe even civil or criminal prosecution. "Insiders" need to start speaking out, especially the well-known ones like maybe Gary Stevens. We've nothing to lose anymore.