British-based international charity World Horse Welfare says its is pleased with welfare standards in place for the equestrian competition at the Olympics.
World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said horses competing in London will benefit from preparations that have been made to ensure their fitness and welfare.
Some of the measures, such as the cooling of the horses, have been developed with help from the charity.
Owers said his organisation was pleased with the importance placed on horse welfare by the FEI and the London Games organising body, LOCOG.
“We are confident that the Games have been prepared with the horses’ safety, welfare and comfort as the top priority, and it will be fantastic to see these top equine and human athletes compete on an international stage in the centre of London.”
World Horse Welfare has worked as an independent welfare adviser to the FEI for more than 30 years, helping to draft its code of conduct, which places the welfare of the horse above all other considerations, commercial or competitive.
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