From Endurance to Dressage
It's really hard to blog when you're not doing horse-related stuff, like riding, or showing, or taking lessons ... So, for the next two weeks my posts may get VERY short.
And I know I've mentioned it in passing, but I'll be in Europe for several weeks in early June and won't be able to post at all. Hopefully my horsey pals will fill in for me while I am gone by posting on the "Who Said That?" page. I'll make that my home page so that you don't have to see my "On Vacation" sign every time you visit the blog.
With all of our local barns on "lockdown," no one is doing any riding and most of our nearby shows have been cancelled. Thanks to our new pal, EHV-1, I've had to start a new series. I am calling it, "The Follow-Ups." Yep, that's right. I am following up from things I may have skipped before, or am telling you more of the story. Here's the first one.
Salt Block Follow-Up
Do you remember that little piece I did a few weeks ago with Speedy G and his salt block? If not, you can read about it here. I was at the barn on Saturday morning doing a few different jobs around Speedy's stall and decided to check his salt lick. If you'll remember, it's in his feeder which is too high for me to see over without standing on tiptoe. I peeked over the top and got an "ew, gross!" look at the inside of the feeder.
The salt lick was brilliant white, but the rest of the feeder had chunks of beet pulp/rice bran mash crusted all over the place. Gross. I am glad he's using the salt lick, but I think I need to dry-brush it out more frequently. Here's a photo:
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%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: