Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: On the golden coast of Michigan
Hmm..while I'm not sure if you can buy anything to test a horse for drugs. I'm sure you can bring a vet or take hair samples of the horse and give them to a vet to test for any drugs used.
Some signs to look for in the horse...
-consistent cocked leg.
-dull, lifeless expression.
-bottom lips always hangs, even if you try to make him jog/lope/etc.
-head hung low consistently
-not amused by anything
However, these are also signs of a very, very well finished horse...I have a friend who had a late cut gelding. He's not drugged yet he does everything I mentioned on the list, but he does spook and will give a lively expression here and there.
If the horse has all of theses signs, and possibly more suggested by other people then you may want to look at the owner/trainer of the horse.
-very nervous, reluctant
-reluctant to let you use your own vet and instead offer a vet that they chose.
-not willing to let you go into the barn, namely feed room.
And other that I'm sure you will be able to spot...
I've never dealt with this situation and the things I have told you I was told from others who have faced this situation. Best thing to do is have someone come along, who maybe has dealt with this situation before, and have them give a second opinion.
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