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    10-31-2012, 02:31 PM
Green Broke
You claim to have a personal interest in this horse (that you ride and like the horse), if nothing else do you not feel compelled to speak up on his behalf?
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    10-31-2012, 02:45 PM
It'd be a tricky situation.....how do you actually prove the horse has had RedBull and do the officials/judges even give a rats a$$??? At smaller shows that kind of stuff is entirely the least of their worries......they just see it as tattling and gossip.....and they don't even have the means (usually) to drug test a horse at the lower level shows......

When I was a pro groom, the man I worked for showed GP level and he never drugged his horses or gave them any meds that would test positive.....after two whole showing seasons working for him and him having multiple wins....not once was a drug test initiated.....

I'm not sure what if any long term effects Red Bull every now and again may have on a horse....so cannot speak to that.....however it seems the short term effects are quite apparent!
    10-31-2012, 02:55 PM
Green Broke
A horse is 4+ times the size of a person. If a can of red bull will make me hyper(i'm 5'4"), I really doubt it would have a big effect on a horse.

Also I doubt making a horse hyper will really it perform better. If that was the case many people would be keeping their horses in a stall with high energy feeds before competitions. A horse that is crazy hyper is not careful over jumps or particularly responsive to its rider.

This girl is obviously not very bright or particularly concerned about her horses health, but she likely won because she has a talented mount, not because he had a can of red bull
    10-31-2012, 03:24 PM
ShowJumper, I should have asked this before; how exactly did your friend give the red bull to the horse? Did they just pour it out and hope the horse lapped some up? Or did they actually put the can in the horse's mouth and dumped it in? Or put it in a dosage syringe, dumped on feed? I'm curious to know how this was done.
    10-31-2012, 05:13 PM
Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
a horse is 4+ times the size of a person. If a can of red bull will make me hyper(i'm 5'4"), I really doubt it would have a big effect on a horse.
Yeah that was my thought as well, I doubt the caffeine had any impact more likely it was a placebo effect on the rider's part. But I would stay far away from that "friend" of yours OP, she is not the type of person to have in your circle of people.
    11-01-2012, 03:05 AM
My freind dumped one of the larger cans into a bucket and gave it to her horse I did no do anything becuase I did not know till the horse almost finished it then she tild me it was red bull she had a can in her hand.i don't think it made him a better jumper but it made him gallop around really fast and not care about distances
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    11-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
I very much doubt that showjumper1289, the horse was likely just very excited. One can of red bull will not make a horse "gallop very fast", if it hardly has an effect on me it certainly won't have a big effect on a 1200# horse.
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    11-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Red bull doesn't effect me, I doubt it will a horse either.

I give mine coke once in a while (see avitar) does that make me bad?
    11-01-2012, 01:19 PM
I already have an ADHD horse; he doesn't get any extra sugar if I can help it, but I doubt one single can of Red Bull (or Coke) is going to make a horse hyper.

There are people who give their horse beer for its nutritional value. One can or bottle doesn't make the horse drunk, so why would one can of a sugary 'energy' drink make another horse hyper?
    11-01-2012, 01:24 PM
That is dangerous and irresponsible horsemanship! Do you know what red bull does to a human heart? Now add that to a hard working and heavy pumping heart of a horse. No. NO. Just as an example, I was at an A Jumper show this weekend, and me and my horse Romeo won our 13 jump jump off in 33.792 seconds. Why? We rode a collected and SMART ride. Practically drugging your horse before a jump off is dangerous beyond belief, it doesn't matter if she won, because she did NOT earn it in a respectful and smart manner.
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