How did the horse recover after such a competition?
Api is doing very well, he is taking advantage of a 4 to 6 week rest period. His daily life is divided between a little walking and a lot of paddling. Olivier Geffroy, our veterinarian, examined him on his return and for him, he would have been ready to use if we had wanted to. This is obviously not the case.
We remain very attentive to him, which means that at any time, if we feel that he needs or wants to go back to light work to occupy his mind, have fun and maintain his good condition, we may resume a little earlier.
Api is a beautiful and tall horse, who gives off a rather rare presence, whether on foot or on horseback. He is an extremely hard-working horse, so much so that one must be careful not to make the training sessions last too long.
He never asks to stop and never makes you feel tired, neither physically nor mentally, so it’s really up to me to measure the effort and the work he needs.
He is very gifted and has a great potential on the 3 events. As for his character, he is a horse with a strong personality who likes to show off, to be a clown, and sometimes to flirt with the limits of what he can or should do!
The next deadlines and the objectives for the next season:
Given Api’s level of dressage, which can compete with the best horses in the world, this is a horse that I will prepare for the French team and therefore for the World Championships next year.
I will have to build his season progressively to bring him to the best of his preparation in September and not too early.
Of course, I will confirm this objective according to the feeling he gives me and his general state of fitness.