From Endurance to Dressage
I am having a difficult time writing this post. In my own daily life, I try very hard to embrace the half full point of view. I would rather look at the positive things in life and not dwell on the things that are worrisome. And so I choose not to write about the things that worry or concern me. Or, when I do, it's only when I can provide a punch line or a see, that resolved itself easily! sort of wrap up.
Speedy's injury (still not 100% sure what it is), doesn't have a punch line or an easy resolution; yet. I don't really want to write about it, but I know many people are looking forward to his return-to-action, and I felt an obligation to give an update. It has been difficult to stay positive and hopeful since if I am not vigilant, I can quickly get sucked into the what if game. It's something I've worked on over the years and have finally gotten good at avoiding.
So, I am working very hard to put into practice my own belief system. It's easy to do when life is easy, but much harder when when we encounter rough patches. In her book, Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy provides many pieces of wisdom that I focus on when things aren't going so well. One of my favorites is this one: "Science knows no relapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal …"
No relapse from nor return to harmony … It has always been. This means that we live and thrive in a perfect state of existence. For me personally, this means that in God's eyes Speedy is already whole and sound and has never been anything but harmonious in his way of going. Choosing to embrace this Truth is difficult to do in "real" life, but it's what I strive to do, and why not? Why not view the world as working in harmony? Wouldn't we all be happier if we did?
So I haven't written about how worried I am each afternoon when I check on my boy. I try not to pick at him and see how lame he actually is. I simply arrive each day expecting to see my sound and happy horse waiting at the gate. Has he been sound? Not completely. He is improving though, and I will go to the barn this morning feeling grateful for his soundness.
I did ride him last night around the neighborhood. He felt pretty good, but there were baubles here and there that suggested he's still not quite healed. He is barefoot in the front so I did put Easyboots on. It may well be that some of the shortness of stride is due to being tender footed. When I trot him out on the lawn, before I saddled or put the boots on, he looked pretty darn good.
I know that in a short time, this situation will pass, and I will forget about it entirely. Some day I will read back over this post and say, see, that did resolve itself easily!
I'd like to leave you with one more thought from Mary Baker Eddy: It is well to be calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%