“Of course I know my horse can do anything and beat anybody, but it is another thing to bring it in the show, in the ring, on the day you need it.”Sonke Rothenberger
Equestrian is the only Olympic sport that involves a partnership of two different species; a prey animal and a predator human. How remarkable it is that these two species can achieve the partnership they do.
Horses are just like humans they can have fabulous days and not so fabulous days. They may or may not understand the importance of a competition on a certain day that has been designated by humans to be an important day.
Sonke Rothenberger has a tremendously talented horse Cosmo. But he understands that perfect communication and perfect results are not always achievable on any given day. Horses may have the fine tuning of a Ferrari but they are not machines. This attitude helps Cosmo to do his best for his rider.