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TThe story of the colt Maze Runner says something about the Marlin Cheval stables and their head trainer, Marcus Lindgren. At one year old, the horse was attacked by a fighting dog and only just escaped with his life. Few people believed that the traumatised Maze Runner would become a big race winner and millionaire when he was brought to the Marlin Cheval stables. After undergoing physical as well as mental training, however, he went from lost cause to up-and-coming star, and even won the second largest race for two-year-old horses in Sweden. A real success story.
Marlin Cheval is a modern training and racing stables operation in Halmstad, run by Marcus Lindgren with the support of an entire team of highly qualified staff in the field of harness racing. The stables’ ambition is to get the best out of every horse. That is why they have constructed a stable that is described by customers as “the Grand Hôtel for horses”. It is bright and clean, the boxes are much larger than usual and it has a fantastic atmosphere. The ceiling is 8.5 metres high!
At Marlin Cheval there is an entire staff working to provide the horses with the best possible conditions. Osteopaths Lasse Hagelskytt and Dennis Jensen work with both two-legged and four-legged clients. Patrik Nygren is an equine therapist, and Cecilia Nyström is a horse masseuse. The team also includes farriers and, perhaps most importantly, experienced and highly skilled grooms, or assistant trainers if you prefer.
“We want to work in a modern way. I come from the humane side of things originally and I want to do preventive work and get vets in to help only when needed. I think we’re at the forefront there,” says Marcus.
Overall, the stables’ operations worked well for both humans and horses. There is always room for improvement, however. The stables’ lunch room needed an overhaul to deal with the terrible acoustics. “We couldn’t stay there before. We’d get headaches and I couldn’t hear anything if there were several people eating or resting there. Now there can be up to 15 of us at lunch, and even more on race days,” continues Marcus.
When asked how the idea of a better acoustic came up, he explains that harness racing is noisy work with all the stables’ machinery, noise from hoofs and loud winds because of the high speeds. They need a really relaxed space to get away to, says Marcus.
While we are speaking, everybody drops in. Some wipe sand from their brows before sitting for a quiet moment in the now relaxed lunch room.