Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:50
There's such a limited time a horse can be in the Olympics and it needs some years of training before they start. When a horse is 9 or 10 they call it young. Valegro is 14, but by the next Olympics it's old at 18. I don't really know much about Valegro but he seems such a nice natured horse too and he and Charlotte have a true partnership.
Dressage isn't really unnatural, my old Archie, who recently died aged 28, mostly Arab breed, didn't enjoy dressage - he loved going out exploring the countryside. But when he was playing in the paddock he could look like a dressage horse and do movements like passage for the sheer fun of it. He used to play hide and seek with my daughter around the trees. But my Hannah, a Lusitano, liked dressage and hated riding out, found it frightening. When she did ridden extended trot in the sand school she seemed so proud of herself, I could almost feel her smiling!