His horse Kilkenny suffered the issue midway through his routine in the individuals as the pair went over the time limit by just 0.45 seconds. Taking to social media, the veteran showjumper explained that the issue can affect horses when they are performing in hot temperatures like those in the Tokyo summer. ‘Unfortunately, he had a nose bleed at the end of the competition but the vets checked him over and he seems fine,’ O’Connor explained. ‘We’re allowed to continue to compete but for me his future is more important. I’m going to be on the ground and I’m going to help Bertram, Darragh and Shane. ‘I’m just happy he’s in such good shape and he jumped so well throughout the qualifier and the final. To finish seventh in an Olympic final is not so bad and we’ll be back to fight another day.’
The trio of Bertram Allen, Darragh Kenny, and replacement Shane Sweetnam will line out for Ireland in the qualifiers on Friday.
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