What is BHA’s policy on the use of medication in racing?
BHA works on the principle that no horse should run in Great Britain under the effects of medication or have any substance present in its system that can affect performance.
BHA recognises the need for medication in training to ensure treatment of illness and injury and to aid recovery. Appropriate and controlled medication is beneficial for horse welfare. It is also important to recognise that the Rules prohibit the abuse of medication by its use where the appropriate treatment should be rest and recuperation, which may or may not combined with appropriate drug treatment. The Rules (Manual (C) 28. Veterinary treatment and medication) provide that ‘Trainers must ensure that all treatments and medication administered to a horse under his or her care or control are given in the interests of its best health and welfare.’