FEI Statement on Equine Fatality During Olympic Eventing
Editor’s note: The FEI released the following statement on Aug. 1, after the conclusion of the cross-country portion of Eventing at the Tokyo Olympics:
“It is with great sadness that we announce that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel, has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross-Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 1, 2021.
Clear to that point, the 14-year-old gelding pulled up extremely lame after jumping the final Mt. Fuji water complex (fence 20) on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course.
The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and, after an initial assessment, was transferred by horse ambulance to the on-site Veterinary Clinic.
Ultrasound scans revealed an irreparable ligament rupture in the lower right limb, just above the hoof, and on humane grounds and with the agreement of the owners and athlete, the decision was taken to put the horse to sleep.
In line with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, samples have already been taken from the horse, and a postmortem will be conducted.”
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