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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Vet report details why Lynch horse barred

Louise Parkes

A VETERINARY report has confirmed the reasons for the disqualification of Denis Lynch's horse, Lantinus, at a competition in Germany earlier this month, which led to the Tipperary man's removal from the Irish Olympic squad.

The showjumper was dropped from the Irish team last week, and replaced by Cian O'Connor and his horse Blue Loyd.

The leaked report says the horse had a swollen jaw and sore legs when examined by the Aachen Veterinary Commission President, Willi Hansbuecken, during the Nations Cup competition at the premier German event.

It was the horse's "abnormal" jumping technique, and the difficulty encountered by the stewards when they tried to remove Lantinus's hind-leg boots, that attracted attention and led to the veterinary check in the warm-up paddock.

Mr Hansbuecken "observed a degree of sensitivity in the limbs, but of greater issue at that time, (was) that the chain under the mandible was very tight causing undue pressure, pain and swelling to the jaw" the report explains.

The veterinarian told Mr Lynch that it was "not acceptable" and that the bridle should not be used for the remainder of the event.

Lantinus was again examined at 8.30am the following day when the horse was "very sensitive" to the touch on one front and both back legs. Lantinus was considered by the veterinary team to be hypersensitive, so under the rules of the international governing body, was disqualified.

Irish Independent

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