Tuesday 21 November 2017

Equestrian: Creature comforts in Equine ambulance

EQUESTRIAN riders in London will be reassured to hear that the Games will feature a particularly high-tech horse ambulance.

The organisers acknowledged last night that there are already two similar equine ambulances in the world -- in Ireland and Dubai -- but theirs is particularly advanced and cost £94,000.

It features air-conditioning, closed-circuit TV and cushion-ride suspension.

It also includes a turntable floor which allows a horse to be forward-loaded going in and out of it and the animals can be rotated so that vets can treat them while they are being transported.

The oldest horse at London 2012 is New Zealand eventer Lenamore, which is 20.

But, even allowing for 'horse years' he is probably still younger than the Games' oldest competitor, dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu.

The Japanese rider turned 71 last March and he competed as far back as the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, all of 48 years ago.

Irish Independent

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