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Different set of challenges at the ‘Hollywood of horses’

On 8:05 am

It’s been described in turn as the ‘Hollywood of horses’ and ‘horse heaven’, and it’s guilty as charged according to the Irish stable of workers at Qatar’s leading equestrian centre.

In some of the most challenging conditions in the world for horse rearing, where average high temperatures often approach 45C across long, sweaty summers, Al Shaqab controls the climate in their own desert oasis.

More than 400 horses can be accommodated in air-conditioned stables, as well as 6,000 visitors at their indoor equestrian arena. There’s an equine hydrotherapy and exercise unit, including a purpose-built swimming pool, equine jacuzzi, and a specially converted treadmill.

Read more: Irish Examiner