From Endurance to Dressage
Isn't it weird how our horses pick that one day to let go of their hair? Speedy's let go day was Sunday.
He started shedding a few weeks ago, but it was just a few hairs here and there. Sunday's shedding was the type where you can pull the hair out by the handful. By the time I had gone over his body just one time, the ground was littered with piles of white hair.
This is not the most flattering photo of my usually photogenic boy: he's standing in a bit of a dip so he looks super downhill in his build. His normally bright white coat is looking rather dingy, and his silvery tail is looking quite thin and puny. The hair pile is pretty impressive though.
We've changed our show plans a bit, so our first competition of 2016 is actually in two weeks. I sure hope most of that dingy winter coat is gone by then. No matter how clean he is, no amount of special shampoos can brighten an end of winter coat.
Are horses in your neck of the woods shedding as heavily, or do they hold on to their coats just a little bit longer?
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.
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