As I reported in a previous blog post, the Canadian jumper Victor was disqualified from the 2012 Olympic team jumping competition after failing a hypersensitivity test. According to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Victor had a small area of "clear and obvious sensitivity on the front of the left forelimb."

Rider Tiffany Foster was reportedly devastated. Her coach, fellow Canadian team member Eric Lamaze, is reportedly outraged. So was the Canadian equestrian-team manager, Terrance Millar, who decried what he saw as a lack of common sense in the decision to disqualify a horse for what he termed a minor and insignificant nick.

As some see it, the Canadian national equestrian federation, Equine Canada, poured salt in the wound when it issued a statement August 7 that "We fully support the FEI in its hypersensitivity testing protocol." The statement went on to acknowledge that the Canadian team is "disappointed in the outcome" but affirmed that "the welfare of the horse...must always be paramount." 

The Equine Canada statement did acknowledge the fact that Foster was not being accused of any wrongdoing. Read the full statement here.

Some Canadian horse-sport fans are angered that Equine Canada did not respond to the disqualification with an expression of support for Foster. They are also upset that FEI ground-jury decisions made on the basis of the hypersensitivity protocol are unappealable, and therefore a protest against the decision cannot be lodged.

Lamaze took it a step further: He reportedly has issued a statement that he will no longer compete for Canada unless Equine Canada shows more support for Foster.

So who's the bigger villain here, the rigid FEI hypersensitivity protocol or Equine Canada, for not coming out in furious defense of its rider? You decide. Meanwhile, I doubt we've heard the last of this.