WHAT is hair analysis and how does impact the equine industries? The use of prohibited substances in sports is a hot topic, with high profile cases involving Lance Armstrong and Russian athletes making headlines around the world.

Equine sports are not immune from the negative effects of prohibited substances use, having a number of its own high profile incidents. In Ireland, the principle bodies responsible for equine anti-doping is Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), who have significant scientific expertise and technology at their disposal.