Tanya Seymour was forced to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her horse, Ramoneur, was diagnosed with laminitis, which results in a painful swelling and inflammation of the hoof.
The 2016 Rio equestrian Olympic rider has shared that her horse is doing well and will go home to enjoy his recovery and retirement. “Ramoneur is doing much better. Unfortunately, with laminitis no one really ever knows the exact path it will take and why it happens. It can be fatal to horses, so I’m glad we reacted fast and hopefully he will make a full recovery.
“His welfare for me is the most important,” said Seymour. “He is now 19 years old, which is very old for a dressage horse at this level. So, he will go home to enjoy a well-deserved retirement,” shared the 37-year-old with gsport.
Even though her 2020 Tokyo Olympic journey has been cut short, she has drawn in positives from her experience. She has expressed her gratitude for the support received from the Olympic community and prides herself in inspiring other South African riders that dreams do come true with hard work and determination.
“We have had a lot of support from the community and it’s good to know that it happens to everyone. I love that I have given other South African riders hope that dreams can come true with hard work and determination although we didn’t make it to the finish line, we made it this far.” Seymour added.
The support received by Seymour further fuelled her determination for future events, including participating in international events later this year and possibly some World Cup competitions but her main goal will be on qualifying for the World Championships in Denmark next year as well as the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I will hopefully compete In a few international competitions later this year and possibly some World Cup competitions over winter, but my next major goal would be the World Championships next year in Denmark and then off course Paris Olympics,” Seymour concluded.
Photo Caption: Tanya Seymour was forced to withdraw from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her horse, Ramoneur, was diagnosed with laminitis, which results in a painful swelling and inflammation of the hoof. Photo: Tanya Seymour (Instagram)