„To get the maximum expression, you need to have the balance between tension and relaxation. For the rest, we trust in Equine 74 Gastric.“
The Swedish Olympic, World Equestrian Games and European Championship rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén from Sweden about her CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle victory (82.475 %) in Aachen this May and the importance of relaxed horses for her success.
Tinne, after your victory in Aachen you emphasized again and again your joy over your relaxed Don Auriello and said you had one of the best rides ever on him. Why is it for you so important to ride a well-balanced horse?
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silvén: „I like to feel that my horse are completely with me at the show and that I can get almost the same feeling as when I train at home. Of course it’s a lot of atmosphere that you get on the show, that you don’t have at home, but when the horse is focused on me and not feeling stressed that is what I want to reach. To get the maximum expression, you need to have the balance between tension and relaxation.“
How does a horse show you that it is relaxed?
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silvén: „I think by behaving the same way as it always does and really listening to me and not being focused on the surrounding.“
You support all your dressage horses with Equine 74 Gastric; a special EGUS* preventing supplement, what are the effects on your horses? How fast did you recognize any changes?
„We have one horse that we saw a big difference on and that was actually the reason why we tried it on all our horses. He has always had some problems with his stomach and we have tried many different products without any real effect, but after a few weeks with Equine 74 Gastric we saw a difference.“
Huge events as Aachen, but also smaller tournaments for younger horses are always a strain for horses. They have to travel long distances, are housed in a new stable, experience a lot of turmoil and have to perform in front of a big audience. How do your horses react in such situations? And how do you limit the stress impact on your horses?
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silvén: „Our horses travel really well I must say, we try to make the trips easy for them, not traveling too long parts and keeping the same routines as we have at home. We feed them at the same times as we do at home. Always walk them before we leave and when we get there. Make sure they drink properly and if they don’t really do that, we try to give them food with a lot of water in it. For the rest, we trust in Equine 74 Gastric!“
You are working as a trainer on Lövsta Stuteri in Sweden. What is for you particularly important in the daily dressage training?
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silvén: „To train on the horse´s condition. To listen to each horse and train them in a way that they keep their motivation and happiness. I try to train them in a way that it feels easy for them, and if I get a problem, I can always go back a step to prepare them again.“
-EGUS: equine gastric ulceration syndrome