From Endurance to Dressage
I don't have great news, but Speedy is showing improvement. But first, are you that equestrian that gets excited about poop? Or pee? If not, you probably don't want to read any further ...
I DO get excited about poop. It all floats my boat - big piles, round piles, greenish brown piles. I don't like liquid poop or lone poop balls though. Those mean trouble. I also like pee, and it's even more exciting when it's pale yellow and gushing. Coffee colored, or worse, tinged red, are obvious signs of bad pee. Not of fan of that either.
So when I give you Speedy's abscess update, you'll recognize why I am so happy. Last night, he was still lame, and even more lame than on the days before. I wasn't particularly worried as that's the nature of an abscess. Even so, I dragged out my trusty bucket-o'tools and set to work.
I peeled off the old wrap and gave the hole I had dug a visual exam. Nothing new caught my eye. I poked at the hole with a hoof pick and got a "HEY! - THAT HURTS." Alrighty then. When it still hurts like that, the abscess hasn't yet drained out.
With a quick swipe of my hoof knife, I was able to remove just enough foot that pus finally leaked out. I love pus as much as I love poop. Since Speedy DID NOT want me to use the knife again, I gently squeezed his coronary band, hoof wall, and even the sole of his foot and was rewarded with even more pus. Oh, hallelujah.
Knowing he wasn't going to like it, I urged Speedy to take a deep breath. Before he could blink, I gave one more flick of the knife. Blood surged out of the hole, carrying with it whatever infection had been stewing in his hoof.
Mildly graphic photo below.
I rewrapped Speedy's hoof with another Betadine wrap which will work on killing any lingering infection while also hardening his sole. He and Izzy are scheduled to see Dr. Tolley tomorrow for fecals, dentals, vaccinations, bloodwork (for Speedy), and an all over wellness check. My fingers are crossed that Dr. Tolley gives the abscess the all clear.
Poop, pee, pus, and blood ... I've got to get a new hobby.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%