How do the horses prepare for the big event? Tomorrow, they have to pass the veterinary check after long travels. Then they will fight like every other athlete to show what they have learned in the past year. We asked the Danish junior Emilie Kastrup Lindgaard how her team, Thomas Bisgaard as lunger and the horse Cyrano, is preparing:
Before any competition we don’t really do a lot of special things. We keep an extra eye on the horse of course but otherwise we train like we would normally do. Up to big competitions like worlds and Europeans, we take the horse out two times a day. One time in the morning, where he’s taken for a long trip in the forest, or somewhere else – just to “relax” and get his legs stretched. Here he’s only walking.
Until we get to him again he will be outdoors in his field just relaxing and eating grass. Like he would normally do. Then in the afternoon or in the late evening, he will go for a ride or vaulting practise.
He will also get a massage, so he can be super well and smooth to compete.
And then he will get a lot of love (like always) and live like a prince 😉 Anything else must be unacceptable, hihi.
They all train at the stables owned by Lasse Kristensen. Thomas Bisgaard lunged Lasse Kristensen when he was still active. From time to time Emilie works with him as well. They all trained for the one day in August, when the last European championships start for Emilie. She practises every day. Sometimes she has “rest days” which only means that she is running or does some exercises with a ball.