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How do horses travel overseas to the London Olympics?

Photo: Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games/Flickr The 2012 Olympic Games don't start until July 27, but many of the most specialized athletes have been in London for several weeks. We're talking about horses, of course — the highly trained equines that will be at the heart of the dressage, eventing and jumping competitions . "Our eventing horses have been there about four weeks," says Joanie Morris, press officer for the United States Equestrian Foundation in Lexington, Ky. "Our dressage horses arrived July 9." The rest of the horses followed over the next few days. Getting the animals overseas wasn't as big a task as you might think. All it took was a little help from Federal Express and a few talented people who specialize in transporting animals. The horses, which come from all over the United States, converged on Newark International Airport in New Jersey, where they we...

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