Templado made us think in a constructive way which never veered into an unhealthy fixation. I think that is what saved us. It has to be said that we didn't have the time. What with working our performance horses and organizing our tours, we had other things to do than get ourselves into a state over him. It is quite probable that, if we had worked with Templado with a definite objective in mind and within a specific time limit, the pressure and the need for a quick result would have made us take a different approach. We would have taken more risks, which would have made us make more mistakes. But in our case, we were happy just to follow the clues he gave us, to take the time to understand them and leave him enough time to accept us in his environment. In time, Templado (a name which Pignon and Delgado point out with amusement means "moderate") the former freedom-fighter Templado came to be the liberty star of the internationally-celebrated Pignon/Delgado performances, for love of his humans.
To this day, Templado dislikes being ridden but he does enjoy liberty work, so that is what he does. He clearly adores Pignon. I don't demand, I request, Pignon says. This is a collaboration of equals.
[Templado & Fred performance at Del Mar, California]