From Endurance to Dressage
We all acknowledge that horses aren't cheap. Or easy. Or everyone's cup of tea. Mine certainly aren't anyway. In fact, mine are more than a handful. Just last night I spent a fair amount of time filling in a massive pit that Izzy had dug. It was so deep that it extended several feet into Speedy's dry pasture. I was so busy looking for Izzy's pulled shoe that I forgot to grab a photo of the pit.
So no, my horses aren't simple hay burners. They're hay burners for sure though. They also burn through a lot of other feed.
A few days ago I made my monthly run to the feed store. I never browse while I am there because they carry a lot of other stuff that would be hard on my wallet. Some of it's not even related to animals. Things like this beauty.
I couldn't help it. After I paid my bill, I stopped for a quick glance at an antique scale. I picked it up and was shocked at how heavy it was. I was even more surprised that it worked. I turned around and headed back to the register. It's now living atop my cupboards in my kitchen. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
So what will Izzy and Speedy eat this month? Four bags of senior feed, a bag and a half of rice bran, a bag and a half of beet pulp, a bag and a few drops of flaxseed oil, a bag and a quarter of vitamins, and an antique scale. Well, not the scale.
So there it is - two horses, one month.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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