Paolo Margi, a former Olympic champion and trainer of dressage, was expelled by the Italian Horse Sports Federation for abusing to death a horse called Flambo by training him improperly and treating him with harmful drugs.
Mr Margi was found guilty of abuse of an animal by a Court in Milan after having being acquitted for a similar charge in the Nineties.
The Italian professional sport is routinely involved in scandals, especially but not exclusively football. As for the Italian horseback riding, it has very serious financial problems related to a sharp decrease of the income deriving from the bets. Offered with an enormous choice of gambling opportunities, both live and online, Italians do not put wagers on horse races anymore. From all over Italy are coming news of prized race horses killed or left to starve.