Originally Posted by ponyboy
Capsaicin is banned, so why would they use it except if they were trying to cheat? Obviously they thought they could get away with it. And it burns - it would work perfectly well for soring.
The rules are often more complicated then "don't use it". They often have time limits on how long and how much before your event you're allowed to give it to them so it'll be out of their system by the time you go. (but different horses process things differently so you have to be very careful) We put the Equi-block on right after they competed so by the time we showed again the next day it would be out of their system. Had I used it too late and was tested, my horse would have been positive for capsaicin as well and I would lose my standing with USEF.
I don't know how much capsaicin was found in their system or why but Equi-Block is not an uncomfortable "burn". I know. I've used it. :) I tried it when I strained my wrist. It removed all pain. Gave my skin a weird hot tingly feeling (not too different from Icy-Hot) but by no means painful and definitely not cruel.
I'm not saying that these people can't be guilty but I think it's important to believe innocent until proven guilty. Show jumpers use A LOT of products to help their horses perform better and the drug lists/instructions are long and complicated.