François Mathy , his daily life, his concerns about CODIV-19

Blog : What do you have time to do today?

FM : I have more time to spend with my family, which I appreciate a lot. Usually, I’m out of town 7 days a week. I have time to read, to think. I can garden, observe nature more. I have this great opportunity to be in the country. We currently have young horses; I have the leisure to observe them, to make them evolve.

Blog : How has confinement changed your daily life?

FM : The impact is enormous. I travel 7 days a week and suddenly everything is stopped. No more competitions, no more visitors, no more horses to observe. We’re not just slowed down, we’re at a complete standstill. Searching for horses, meeting with clients is stopped. I’m worried because I don’t know the end of this story. I think we’ll suffer the consequences of this ordeal long enough.

Blog : What are the consequences on the horse market?

FM : The sale will be slowed down. Without competition, without movement, everything’s stopped. The trade will be slowed down for quite a while.

Blog : Will this crisis reshape the equestrian world?

FM : The final impact is difficult to anticipate. For riders who competition is the main source of income the impact is enormous. Time that will give us the solution.

Blog : How do you experience the lack of travel abroad?

FM: Our business is almost entirely turned towards foreign countries. Currently our contacts are reduced to virtual exchanges. I like the warm person-to-person contact, without these trips it is difficult to do business.

Blog : What do you miss the most at the moment?

FM : Activity, movement and lack of perspective. I would like to be able as I imagine many people do to better control the future.

Blog : Is the daily life of horses different too?

FM : Horses are out every day, they work and are cared for as usual. They don’t take part in competitions anymore, that’s the only difference for them. I think the horses must feel happier.

Blog : Would you like to add something?

FM: We can never say thank you enough to these caretakers who are indispensable in restoring a more or less normal order in our societies. Take care of yourselves and respect the rules of lockdown.