Philippe Rozier, Olympic team show jumping champion, has rarely been so worried. He relentlessly watches over his horses, reveals France 2, Sunday March 7. In his boxes, four horses are isolated after having tested positive for rhinopneumonia, a respiratory virus not transmissible to humans. His favorite horse has been infected, he is recovering. “He is very endearing, it’s my life, I owe him everything“, he confides moved. Together they won the Olympics in Rio 2016. Philippe Rozier had never seen his horse in such a state.
In Spain, one of the biggest show jumping competitions has become the starting point of the epidemic. In France, four outbreaks have already been detected. “It is a virus that we have known for a very long time, we unfortunately regularly have epidemics but this is a neuro-pathogenic strain, that is to say it affects the nervous system of the horse.“, explains Xavier D ‘Ablon, veterinarian.