From Endurance to Dressage
A few days ago, I shared a photo heavy post of Izzy playing with a traffic cone in Laurel's turn out. I then went and bought two cones at Home Depot so that he would have one (the other other is stored for later use) to play with at home.
I very much wish that I had motion activated cameras in his stall because his "house" is a disaster area when I get there each afternoon, and I'd sure like to see how it happens. While the sprinklers are working in the arena, I spend a half an hour each afternoon tidying things up. I clean the manure out of his stall, gather up the scattered hay, drag his feed bin back to where it goes, dig a toy out of his water trough, and gather the rest of his things and place them in the center of his outside run - like this:
That's how I left things last Thursday. By Friday afternoon, it all looked like this.
Most afternoons, at least one of his toys has ben flung outside of his stall. In the past, it was a Jolly ball, or two. More recently, he has learned to pick the cone up and flip it over his fence. And again, the black rubber feed pan is often either floating in his water trough, or it has sunk to the bottom where I have to fish it out. The Jolly balls have taken a swim as well.
He gets ridden five to seven days a week for no less than forty-five minutes, and sometimes it's even an hour. On the days he doesn't get ridden, he gets turned out. Last Friday, he spent two hours over at Laurel's. The dude is just a very busy guy. If anyone has some ideas for defeating boredom cheaply and quietly, I'd love to hear it.
The only caveat is that hanging stuff has proven to be a problem as he has gotten hung up at least three different ways on items that were designed to be hung safely for horses. Fortunately, someone has found him and freed him before he was able to hurt himself. Aside from hanging items, what else can I safely toss in there to keep his brain occupied?
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
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