Messages of support have flowed for Beijing silver medallist Shane Rose who has withdrawn from the Australian equestrian team on Monday after his horse Taurus suffered a soft tissue injury.
Rose fought back tears as he announced he would be heading home before the Games started.
He tweeted after the press conference: "Devastated ... however it is not in Arveys best interest to compete in the Olympic Games this time. He's only 9yo and will be back soon as it is only a minor injury. Big thanks to the support crew here in London and my supporters at home. Best wishes to the Aussie Team. Go get that gold medal! Next time......?"
NZEventing tweeted: "@Shane_M_Rose We are so sorry to hear that you are out of the Olympics. Hope to see you back in NZ sometime, and then on to Rio!"
Natalie Blundell tweeted: "I am so disappointed for you @Shane_M_Rose, I hope Arvy recovers quickly. We were all here riding with you here in Oz."
Travelling reserve rider Megan Jones will replace Rose in eventing with her horse Allofasudden.
VickyMac64 tweeted support for both Jones and Rose - "@TheMJET Have just heard devastating news this morning poor Shane Rose and Taurus. But we are so thrilled for you and Floyd. Love Vx Ax"
This is the second time Rose has had his olympic dreams dashed, after he was forced out of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when his horse Mr Joe Cool was injured.