From Endurance to Dressage
In late September, Speedy sliced open his coronary band and separated the hoof capsule from the coronary band in the process. I've since written at least six updates, most of them can be found here, and a follow up to that one can be found here.
I don't want to gross you out with the original photo, you can back track to find it on your own. Instead, I'd like to show you what the hoof looks like now, five months later.
While the coronary band looks "rough," it's just typical peeling and flaking like you'd get on your own dry cuticles. The damage is now just slightly below the middle of the hoof. If this injury had happened across the front of his hoof, we'd be looking at four to six more months for complete grow out. Because the damage happened on the short side of the hoof wall, I am guessing it will be gone after two or three more farrier visits.
Considering he was on the disabled list for nearly three months, it looks pretty good. In truth, he was only a little sore on it for a few days. Since then, it hasn't bothered him at all.
It might not be pretty, but it's holding up well.
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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