Like any athlete traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, about 200 horses that competed in equestrian events had to go through customs, have a passport, submit to equipment inspection, and walk through a bomb detection unit before boarding specially equipped airplanes. Their accommodations could be considered similar to business class, with one to three horses per plane -- and they flew with a team of groomers and veterinarians at their sides.
Tim Dutta, a spokesman for the company that transported the U.S. Olympic equestrian team, estimated the round-trip cost from Miami was about $20,000 USD per horse.
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