Watching the equestrian events? Well, since the Equestrian events have begun, our mailbox has started to flood in with queries. One of the most asked queries within the fans was – How do Horses travel overseas for the Olympics? Are these horses shipped or go by plane? Do they need any passport or other documents for travelling?
All your queries will be solved today, as we have come up with a detailed article to discuss the above-mentioned questions.
How do Horses Travel Overseas for the Tokyo Olympics?
Horses travel abroad via plane. All the horses are first loaded into the stalls at ground level and then levered up into the plane. Each stall accommodates three horses. But since these horses are Olympians, they enjoy the luxury of just two horses per stall. These horses are fully grown-up adults and are often used to travelling in planes. Along with these horses, a team of groom and vet travel on these planes. They are recognized as Flying Grooms who are specialists in horse welfare.
The flights carrying horses have controlled temperature zones. Horses are fed with lots of hay and water which makes their journey comfortable.
Just like humans, horses go through a check-in process. So even horses have to be present a few hours before the departure. These horses also go through a health check-up by a vet.
Do Horses Need Passport?
Yes, Horses need a passport for travelling abroad. The birth details, size, markings are few details on passports. The information on how to get a horse passport is not with us.
Are Horses sedated while travelling?
No, the Horses are not sedated. Horses stand during the whole flight. The ability to sleep standing makes travel much easier. Moreover, the continuous checkup by vets is a routine during the flight.
Is there any health risk while travelling?
The problem of dehydration is a risk within the travelling horses. But with the presence of grooms and vets on the flight, these horses get the best treatment on the flights.
Do Olympic Horses Suffer From Jet Lag?
The sleeping cycle of horses is way more different from humans. The horses usually take naps whenever possible instead of sleeping for long hours. So horses do not suffer from jet lag.