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.