From Endurance to Dressage
Friday was the final day of my vacation. Saturday and Sunday don't really count. So what did I do? I gave myself permission to spend the entire day at the barn.
It started with another field trip for Sydney. He got to go back to Cha Ching's place for an easy peasy lemmon squeezy morning ride. He was a very good boy. Well mostly ... he didn't load up at the barn like I like, but some gentle hazing by a passing neighbor got him in. Click photos for larger view.
While Sydney and I were gone, I left Speedy G out in the arena with a flake of hay to enjoy the ridiculously warm California sunshine. The truth is, when I asked him to come to the gate so I could put him back in his stall while I was gone, he looked at me, thought about it, and said, nah, I'd rather stay out here. Fine by me. He always wants to come back in so that sun must have felt really good. When Sydney and I came back an hour later, Speedy was dozing in the sun. As soon as he spotted the truck and trailer, he very cutely galloped along the fence line toward us. Ahh ...
I pulled Speedy out of the arena and turned Sydney loose. Sydney tends to get anxious in there after about ten minutes. I wanted to see how long he could stay out there while being relaxed. I gave him a pan of alfalfa cubes to go with the left-over hay and continued with my barn chores. I checked on him every few minutes, and was delighted that he spent more than an hour just snacking, wandering around, and sunning himself. Hmm ... maybe the Fluphenazine is doing its thing?
With Speedy in his stall and Sydney out relaxing, I decided to clean the tack room. I love cleaning the tack room. It always gives me such a feeling of satisfaction when I am done. I had bought three new plastic storage tubs and wanted to get all my goodies into them. The dust at our barn seeps into everything! Here's my half of the tack room after a good sweeping ... Click photos for larger view.
After cleaning everything, including some tack, I saddled up Speedy and took him for a ride around the neighborhood. We did some pleasant lolly-gagging, a hand gallop, and some naughty, unasked for passage -wish I could get that from him on command!
When I looked at my watch as I was leaving, I was ecstatic to see that I had spent six hours at the barn. Now that's a vacation!
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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