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Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment is Safe to Use During Competition

Recent concern in the competitive show world over tested substances has compelled W. F. Young, Inc., marketers of Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment and Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment Gel, to confirm that neither product contains any ingredient banned by the United States Equestrian Federation. Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, when used as directed as a topical liniment application, is safe to use prior to, during, and after competition. Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, which has been used for over 117 years, is and always has been a safe solution to ease sore muscles and relieve joint pain.

Dr. Harry Hayes, Vice President of Research & Development at W. F. Young, says, “There has been a lot of misinformation circulating since the 2008 Olympics when a few horses were disqualified for testing positive for a substance which has since been banned. Competitive riders became apprehensive about all topically-applied liniments, and this statement from the USEF should calm their concerns. Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment is absolutely safe to use; it has never contained any ingredient harmful to the horse. It does not contain any banned substances. Competitive riders have always trusted Absorbine® to bring safe, quality health care products to market – and will continue to earn their trust.”

A recent release from the United States Equestrian Federation’s Drug and Medication Group clarified the organization’s position on topical liniments. “As a practical matter, provided the products containing these substances are administered only topically and as recommended by the manufacturer, there is no need for restricting their use during competitions under USEF rules,” according to the statement.

Absorbine® products are available nationwide in tack shops, farm supply stores, on-line dealers, and catalogs. For a dealer near you or for more information, visit the Absorbine® website at http://www.absorbine.com. Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife, Mary Ida, W. F. Young, Inc. has provided over a century of quality health care products for the equine industry. The company is recognized as a worldwide leader in innovative, specialized health care brands that enhance the quality and enjoyment of life for families and their pets.


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