You’ll be able to live-stream 2012 London Olympic Games coverage (in a future post, I’ll tell you how). Results and happenings are sure to be posted, tweeted, and Facebooked instantaneously. So why did TheHorse.com want an Olympic equestrian blog?

Simple: because this blog will cover not only the highlights and the fun on-the-scene-in-London stuff; it will also focus on the all-important issues pertaining to equine health and welfare that come into play in a competition of this magnitude.

All well and good, you might be thinking; but why should I care about the care and feeding of the “1%” of the horse world?

For two reasons. First, research efforts conducted for past Olympic Games have directly altered our approach to such important horse-care aspects as post-exercise cooling and reduction of transport stress. Chilled-water baths, misting fans, and the like–all of these cooling mechanisms that we consider standard procedure today are the direct result of heat-stress studies conducted prior to the 1996 Olympics in notoriously hot, sticky Atlanta, Georgia. And horse-trailer mangers today are designed differently after studies before the long journey to Sydney, Australia, in 2000 revealed that horses need to be able to lower their heads and get the inhaled gunk out of their airways.

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