From Endurance to Dressage
Alternately titled ... How To Waste $18.95, My Horse Is a Destroyer of All Things, and How to Lose a Fly Mask in Three Days.
No joke. Three days. That's how long Izzy's fly mask lasted. And lest you think he has rude neighbors, he doesn't share a fence with anyone, AND his paddock is HUGE, so it's not like he's touching the fence every time he turns around.
This is not a criticism of the fly mask. I love the Cashel Crusader Fly Masks, especially since 5% of the proceeds get donated to charity. A purchase of the orange, blue, or pink fly mask supports the financial needs of Animal Rescue Efforts, the Wounded Warrior Project, or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
I've bought quite a few of these fly masks and find them sturdy, easy to clean, and effective. I particularly like the special hole cut for the forelock to poke through. I also like that these masks are trimmed with a low-napped fleece that doesn't attract stickers or other debris. The mesh is also very soft and is purported to block 70% of the UV rays.
I have no idea how he managed to rip it completely apart, but there is no way Izzy is getting another one this summer. It's frustrating because the flies are swimming in his eyeball goop, and the sun shines like 20 hours a day here throughout the summer. Not only is it bright, but it's also particularly fierce.
Do they make fly masks out of metal?
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%