Not sure where exactly this belongs so if not here sorry.
I know this will probably be a silly question but - I was looking up some stuff about Equestrian at the Summer 2012 olympics and discovered that it said horses must be the same nationality as their rider. What exactly does this mean?
For instance would someone who was an American not be allowed to ride... totally out there but.. a Lipizzaner in dressage simply because that's not an 'American' horse breed? Would they be forced to train and ride only horses that are American? Or does it just mean that the horse must be -registered- in the same country as the rider regardless of where it was actually born/where the breed is from... or still yet does it mean the horse just has to be foaled in the same country as the rider lives no matter where the breed itself is from - or am I totally missing the mark? It just seems completely off the wall so I thought I'd shoot it out there and see if anyone knows more and can sort out my confusion.
If this is truly the case and the horse actually has to be of the same nationality as the rider/born and bred in that country, has that -always- been in effect or is it a modern rule?