From Endurance to Dressage
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A friend introduced me to EQ Solutions last summer when I first started showing. Even though this is quite embarrassing to admit, I am going to be very honest. Before last summer, I used just water to clean my horses, or if needed, a Betadine scrub. If I was feeling really fancy, I used a cheap people shampoo. Now I know better.
I didn't go wild with the fancy shampoos, but I did invest in the EQ Body Wash and Foaming Tool. This stuff works. You hose the horse off with just the sprayer. Attach the Foaming Tool to the sprayer, and spray with the foamy soap. Scrub with a sponge or other tool, if needed. Repeat the foamy soap, if needed. Remove the tool from the sprayer, and rinse clean. It's that easy! It leaves the horses feeling silky soft, but not slick, for several days. Their coats feel clean and smell nice, but not perfumy.
For show prep, either the day before, or the morning of, the foaming tool makes clean up a simple, easy, and quick task. I sound like a commercial, I know, but the stuff really is that great!
I buy mine at Valley Vet, although I know there are similar brands available at other stores. I've stuck with this particular brand because it works so well. The Foaming Tool runs about $35, and the 100 oz. body wash runs about $25. You can buy the Body Wash in a 32 oz. jug that comes with a built in foamer, but I was worried that it might break. I've used my foaming tool for two summers and it has held up very well.
Here's to quick baths and pretty ponies!
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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