Equine Testing (BEFAR)


The selection and testing of national riders at national rides is carried out by the BEF. For the latest information please access the BEF site

Prohibited Substances:

Endurance GB reserves the right to carry out, at any time, random testing for Prohibited Substances in accordance with the standard sampling procedure of the current FEI Veterinary Regulations. A refusal to submit a horse for sampling will constitute a breach of this rule.

The purpose of this rule is to ensure that the normal performance of a horse during an Endurance GB ride is not affected, either deliberately or unintentionally, by the influence of drugs or medications or any form of veterinary treatment. It is a contravention of this rule if the analysis of a sample taken from a horse participating in a ride shows the presence in its tissues, body fluids, excreta of Prohibited Substance or a metabolite of such a substance or an isomer of the substance or an isomer of a metabolite. Specific groups of substances prohibited under this rule are listed in the current FEI Veterinary Regulations.

Maximum threshold levels have been set for substances that may innocuously be found in samples taken from horses. Details of these may be found in the current FEI Veterinary Regulations.

The use of inhalation oxygen and the use of hypodermic injections, nasogastric intubation or rectal infusions for the administration of saline fluids, electrolytes, glucose etc., are forbidden during the ride. The administration of glucose and electrolyte solutions by voluntary consumption or by oral administration using a syringe is permitted.

Anti-ulcer oral treatment with ranitidine, cimetidine, and omeprazole is permitted. Treatment of mares for oestrus-related behavioural problems with altrenogest (Regumate) only is permitted provided, a) the manufacturer’s recommended dose rate and duration of treatment are used, b) the horse’s logbook contains a signed letter on headed notepaper from the rider’s or owner’s vet confirming that the drug has been prescribed for oestrus-related behavioural problems only.

Mares are not allowed to compete after their fourth month of pregnancy or with a foal at foot. If it is subsequently confirmed that a mare competed under either of these conditions, she will be disqualified from all events to which these conditions apply and the owner/rider will be referred to the Disciplinary Panel.

Cross Contamination:

Riders should be aware of the risks of cross contamination and try to prevent it, either between their own horses or other peoples, whether at home or at rides. For example special care is needed when Ventipulmin or Regumate is in use. Ingredients in feed and supplements may be checked using the search facility on the FEI website.

Withdrawal Times:

Where controlled medication has been prescribed, riders must ensure that sufficient time has been allowed on completion of treatment for the drug to clear from the horses system. The Veterinary Surgeon prescribing for the horse should be made aware that the horse competes and should be able to advise the rider on approximate withdrawal times.

Permitted Treatment:

Minor skin lesions may be treated using topical antibiotics only. Such treatments should only be applied after a Ride Veterinary Surgeon has inspected the lesion. Many topical (including herbal) preparations, some natural or herbal ‘calming’ feed supplements e.g. Valerian and some fly repellents e.g. lavender, contain Prohibited Substances. Riders are recommended that, if in doubt, veterinary advice should be sought.

Emergency Treatment:

If, during a ride, it is necessary to treat a horse or pony with a drug the permission of a ride Veterinary Surgeon must be sought. He/she will investigate the reason for treatment and make a report to the TS/Ground Jury who shall decide whether the horse is to be allowed to continue or shall be eliminated. Note that the ride is deemed to have started if the horse has been presented for initial vetting prior to the start of the ride itself.