From Endurance to Dressage
I have no words.
We all know that's a lie. I always have words. And right now, they are particularly ... choice. Mother Forklift!
On Sunday, for my lesson with Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, Speedy was lame on his right front. We both agreed it wasn't a maybe he'll work out of it kind of lameness, but it didn't seem like anything to worry about. Speedy had just had his feet trimmed and there looked to be some bruising on his hoof wall. I put him away and rode Izzy instead.
My migraines made a reappearance this week, so yesterday was the first day since Sunday that I'd been out to the ranch. As soon as Speedy took a step towards me, my heart sank. Are you freaking kidding me? was all I could think as I rolled my eyes and flipped the universe the bird. With both hands.
I crammed a bunch of Numotizine into his foot and secured it with the usual. Good thing I bought so much duct tape last month. Here's to hoping that puppy blows out today so I can get my nearly Third Level horse back in the game.
Thanks goodness it's Friday. No, seriously. I mean it!
1/13/2019 05:52:30 pm
How old is Speedy? Has he been tested for Cushing’s? He doesn’t appear to have typical signs, but a good friend of mine’s Arab’s first sign of cushings was recurrent abscesses. Certainly not what I would wish on anyone, but Arabs are certainly notorious for it.
1/13/2019 06:35:12 pm
Funny you should bring that up. Speedy will be 15 in April. My vet and I first started talking about Cushing’s disease a year or so ago. With two abscesses back to back, we decided to do the test to at least get a baseline. The vet explained that abscesses can be a sign of Cushing’s especially in a horse that’s never had one. Let’s hope it comes back “normal.”
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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.
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