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Ask alexlutz: Host your horse, Nilo, in your one-man-show: what is a surprise for the audience?

Ask alexlutz: Host your horse, Nilo, in your one-man-show: what is a surprise for the audience?
The audience doesn't expect to see a horse because it's not an equestrian show. There's no 'show' aspect, it's an animal presence. Most moments of Nilo on stage are liberty ones, without saddle or bridle, in a poetic way. There's just the first scene that's more demonstrative; when I arrive with him, I get in a complete muddle. There's no artifice, no effect, so there's a sort of ease, of obvious presence.

In the backstages, he has his double-stable, because he is with his challenger, Botero, with whom he alternates from time to time. He's almost his twin, we are training Botero so that he can replace him more.

These horses are used to show and audience, they are born at Mario Lurashi's stables, and were trained by Yann Vaille, a rider working for Mario. He wanted them to be trained under the saddle, for liberty work, vaulting,... They have an amazing talent, they can do a lot of things, are not bored, and are always motivated to discover.
They are trained in this spirit, where each horse has his specificity, and where Mario focus on what the horse is the better at.

Nilo and Botero are really good with the crowd, they are hardly impressed. In liberty work, they know a lot of things, which requires work, all the time. I am not a particularly great rider, so I often work with Yann while hiking with my other horses.