Originally Posted by Twitch2008
First, no I did not follow the Olympics and second was it proven the paprika was the cause?
Not sure exactly what the correlation between capsaisin and paprika are. Capsaisin is a banned substance according to USEF (although I think the Olympics uses FEI rules? Irregardless, I believe illegal with both) but paprika is actually NOT on USEF's list.
The people who were in trouble in the olympics tested positive with capsaisin, which is often used in several brands of topical anti-inflammatories, such as Equi-Block, which is very popular amongst jumpers. Equi-block claims that they do not test positive. One of the riders (can't remember who) said that he uses it regularly on his horse's back, has for several competitions, has been tested and never came out positive before. What some officials were worried about is that riders were using it on their horse's legs to make them more sensitive (it makes your skin either tingle or burn depending on the strength) and thus more careful jumping.
If you're worried about using paprika i'd look into the rule book or call the steward and ask. Every governing group has its own rules.