Stables up to scratch despite horse injury, says Paget

8:41 am on 7 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - New Zealand equestrian Jock Paget has no qualms about the standard of the stable at the Rio Olympics despite his horse Clifton Lush being forced to withdraw after suffering injury.

Jock Paget

Jock Paget Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Clifton Lush cut his cheek on a pipe outside the stable that had somehow become exposed and needed several stitches.

Paget said he did not believe there was a problem with the quality of the stables.

"People are over-reacting a little bit the stables aren't bad at all. I walked in there and I liked the set-up and the feeling for the horses. Yes you could have placed the pipe in a different place but these things happen," said Paget.

Paget said he did not believe the strength of the team would be impacted on at all, with Tim Price replacing him, to make his Olympics' debut.

"I don't think our team has taken a hit at all. Tim's a very strong rider on a very strong horse ...so from that perspective I don't think it's going to put a dent in the team."

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