From Endurance to Dressage
A Barrel of Fun
I picked up Izzy's new toy on Friday afternoon.
We had torrential rain the night before so his stall was a muddy mess. I quickly realized that a rolling toy was not going to be much fun if it was stuck in the goop. Ultimately, it turned out to be a much better idea to introduce Izzy to the barrel in the arena anyway. He ended up with a lot more room to play.
He didn't love it the way he loved his big ball, but I think he will get a lot more use out it of than a ball that pops.
He needs a bit more time with the barrel. Even though he liked it, it didn't do quite what he wanted. Once he gets the hang of it, I am certain he'll be chasing after it in no time. Since his paddock still has a lake in it, I'll keep the barrel in the arena and give him time over the next few days to play with it in there.
I am pretty sure this toy is going to last a while. Let's hope it keeps his interest!
5/10/2016 12:41:01 pm
That's exactly what happened. He wanted it to bounce back and play!
Nice! I have never seen a horse so into playing as it looks like Izzy is, he's such a character.
5/10/2016 12:40:26 pm
I have sat on it a few times and thought it was a good way to stretch! :0)
5/10/2016 07:26:03 am
Hahaha, wow, what a great toy for Mr. Destructo!
5/10/2016 12:39:42 pm
I hope so as it wasn't cheap!
5/10/2016 12:39:13 pm
He does enjoy his toys, that's for sure!
5/10/2016 10:09:06 am
When I worked in healthcare, they actually sang that song!!
5/10/2016 12:38:47 pm
If Izzy had access to your enormous pastures, he wouldn't need the toys!
5/10/2016 12:37:47 pm
That really depends on how destructive he is! So far, Izzy has liked (torn through) jolly balls, feed bags, giant ball, car tires, traffic cones (he's on the third one), rubber feed pans, pool noodles, a hard plastic feed dispenser that rolls, and the barrel. I am going to add a giant knotted rope as soon as I have time to get to Home Depot.
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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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