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A showjumping horse is to get VIP security in New Zealand at his next show following two creosote attacks.

Squirt, a 13-year-old gelding, sustained chemical burns to his face on 4 March while at a three-day National Showjumping Series Final.

His owner reported that he had a similar creosote-type substance smeared around its girth the weekend before causing blistering.

Squirt will be placed in stables next to horses competing in the Olympic Cup, a qualifier for London 2012, at the show (15-20 March) in Hastings on the North Island.

These stables are closed to the public and have round the clock security.

Kathryn Corry, Squirt’s owner, has said the incident has made “quite a few people uneasy.

“Obviously, there is someone around capable of such lowdown tricks.”

A fellow competitor has been questioned over the incident.