Boyd Martin's mount, Otis Barbotiere, was "spun" (withdrawn in the holding box) during the second horse inspection of the 2012 Olympic eventing competition, pre-show-jumping.

After his first jog before the Olympic veterinary commission, Otis was sent to the holding box, where Martin jogged him again for the veterinary officials. The horse appeared the dreaded "not quite right" in front; where, exactly, was difficult to determine from my bird's-eye view high up in the press tribune. 

The remaining U.S. horses--Mr. Medicott, Ringwood Magister, Twizzel, and Mystery Whisper--were accepted without incident.

The U.S. can continue in the team competition without Otis, but with Martin being among the stronger scorers, his absence may hurt the team's chances for squeaking into bronze-medal position.

Several horses that completed yesterday's cross-country were not presented this morning and therefore will not jump today: Ocarina du Chanois of France; Amistad of Canada; and Dunkas A and Lully des Aulnes of Belgium.

Like Otis, the Polish horse Wag was sent to the holding box, jogged, and then withdrawn.

For sheer suspense, the award had to go to Shamwari, the mount of Ludvig Svennerstal of Sweden. The ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding was sent to the holding box, where veterinary officials examined him exhaustively. Svennerstal had to jog his horse several more times, including jogging in small circles in both directions. An official spent several long minutes examining both of the horse's lower front legs, appearing to palpate the soft tissues, especially of the right front. Eventually Shamwari was deemed fit to re-present to the panel, and finally he was accepted for competition, drawing applause from the Swedish fans in the audience.

The most applause, of course, was for the British team, or "Team GB" as it appears on all the souvenir hats and shirts. The excitement caused Imperial Cavalier to run right past the end-of-jog point and out into the arena with rider Mary King.

One presentation drew laughter in the otherwise tense morning: when Belgian rider Karin Donckers lost one of her red slip-on pumps while jogging Gazelle de la Brasserie. 

"Gazelle de la Brasserie is accepted, but the rider may need to visit the vet box," the announcer quipped. (Donckers did not appear injured.)

Eventing show-jumping, the final phase of the Olympic eventing competition, begins this morning at 10:30 London time.