What if the horse starts to rub his leg or a stall door with his face as the cut heals?
FEI “blood rules” for eventing are less demanding than in dressage, but would Olympic officials frown if something went wrong out on the course?
HSBC World Eventing Rankings The top-placing US rider at both the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France riding Shamwari 4, and the 2010 WEG in Lexington, riding Neville Bardos; and a member of the 20 US Olympic Teams, Boyd Martin is one of the leading event riders of today.
His horse Trading Aces also competed at the 2014 WEG with Phillip Dutton in the irons.
The rider maintained his innocence and, when his horse's B sample tested clean, was cleared of all wrongdoing 10 months later.
New Zealand and Paget certainly evaluated the choices before them.
In addition to representing the USA, Boyd has enjoyed international competitive success, finishing 7th in the world in 2014 and in the top ten at every four-star in the world: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* (USA); Pau CCI4* (France); Boekelo CIC4* (the Netherlands); Luhmuehlen CCI4* (Germany); the World Equestrian Games (USA and France); and Burghley CCI4* (England).
Surely these and many other “what if” questions floated in the air over the stables.
Any horse owner can weigh the "what if's" of this situation.
The most stress on the horse would be the cross-country phase, still several days away. Would the rubbing of the bridle or reins, or brushing against obstacles or tree branches affect the wound?
As a result, the Team announced that traveling reserve Tim Price will join his wife Jonelle, Sir Mark Todd and Clarke Johnstone as the fourth team member for New Zealand.
Price will start on the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse Ringwood Sky Boy, who has had strong recent 4* form.