Rich Fellers and Flexible winning the 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Photo by Kit Houghton/FEI.

 Told that TheHorse.com wanted him to talk about his 2012 Olympic mount’s training and management regimen, jumper rider Rich Fellers chuckled.

“This will be a short interview,” he said.

In fact, it was.

The Oregon-based Fellers, 52, takes a traditional–which is to say, minimalist–approach to managing his Olympic partner, Flexible, an Irish Sport Horse stallion owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman.

No massage. No chiropractic. No acupuncture. No special tack. No treadmills, hydrotherapy, feng shui, whatever-therapy. “Normal shoes.”

The veterinarian shows up occasionally for, you know, routine shots and stuff, but “we don’t see him too often,” Fellers said.

“He’s pretty sound,” Fellers said of his mount. (Flexible did have a couple of fairly serious injuries some years ago, but they were not of the soft-tissue-and-related-lameness variety that so often