A respiratory epidemic affects the equestrian world. The clubs, forced to stop competing, have no other choice but to adapt. Every morning, Amy Graham, rider at Haras du Ry, in La Manche, follows a specific ritual to approach some of her confined horses. The latter are affected by a virus harmless to humans but fatal for them: rhinopneumonia. While waiting for their recovery, they are eight to be kept apart in their box.
No treatment exists for this neurological disease. It is therefore a great source of anxiety for Amy Graham as well as for the owners of the horses who call her every day. “The doctors are going to do a neurological check-up this morning, a little before noon”, she explains to one of them. In the Ry stud farm, the concern is palpable. “Animals are always more delicate, because they cannot speak and it is always difficult to understand where they are in pain”, adds Emmanuel Bertho, a rider.