Q&A

Do the horses always perform according to plans?

 

For our horses, the stage is a big playground. There is a choreographed routine for them to follow but they are also allowed the latitude to express themselves. Because of the strong communication established between trainer and horse, the trainer can sense when a horse does not feel like doing something and he will not force the animal.

 

How are the horses transported?

For short journeys (a few hours), the horses travel in five trailers specially fitted for them and equipped with surveillance cameras. When long distance travel is required, the horses travel by air, in which case they are accompanied by a transport team and a veterinarian.

How many shows does each horse perform per week?

The rhythm of life at Cavalia is based on the horses. We put on a maximum of seven shows per week and each horse has a standing. This allows us to give the horses a few days or weeks off as needed, while maintaining the quality of performances. More than 60 horses live in our stables. About forty of them perform regularly in the show, while the others are used on a rotating basis or are still in training. When the show moves from one city to the next, the horses go on ''vacation'' so they can rest and graze peacefully.

How long does it take a horse to learn its part?

Training a horse for Cavalia can take anywhere from six months to ten years depending on the discipline practiced. For Trick Riding, if the horse is not too apprehensive at the start, the training can be done in a few months. For a horse in Haute École dressage or dressage at liberty, the work can take several years. 

How are the horses cared for?

The well-being of the horses is the primary concern of Cavalia and this is apparent during the show. The horses find pleasure in being on stage and we allow them to express their natural tendency to play. A team of 20 people, including a stable manager, two veterinary technicians, a blacksmith and several grooms, takes care of the horses' well-being. Together they provide a balanced and personalized diet, a training program, care for their hooves, etc. Every day horses get their share of pampering, including a shower, grooming, massage, outings to the paddocks and workshops with their riders.

How are the horses trained?

There is a real bond and communication between the trainers and the horses. Talking, using finger and body gestures, and clucking their tongues, the trainers make a game out of the routines. This approach is more time-intensive than other methods, but it gives better results.