From Endurance to Dressage
Yep, that's right. A pile of fresh poop and $25 are all that's needed for your local vet tech, mine is Mindy, to conduct an eggs per gram fecal count. I know you're probably asking, but why would you want to do that? The most current research has revealed that worms, and there are a variety of types, are becoming resistant to the few classes of dewormers that we have available, due to OVER-administration of dewormers. Dr. Blanton, of Bakersfield Vet Hospital, gave a very interesting lecture on the subject which you can watch here (You'll need to scroll down a bit).
Based on current research, BVH is now recommending twice a year deworming using ivermectin products: once in the early summer when then grass turns brown, and once in the late fall when the weather turns cool (check your area for local recommendations). Before administering the ivermectin, pull a fecal sample and have it checked for worm eggs. Give the ivermectin whether the horse is shedding eggs or not.
A negative fecal count DOES NOT mean worm-free. It just means that the horse is not currently shedding eggs. There may still be encysted eggs which can cause severe colic and death. IF the the horse IS shedding eggs, repeat the fecal check two weeks later to verify that the ivermectin is working on your farm. If it's NOT, a consult with your vet will be required to devise a plan for treating your specific class of worms.
And now, for your entertainment, here is how to conduct a fecal count. Enjoy!
The Molasses Chaser
He sucks the molasses water out of the syringe as though it is a "straw!"
If you're still reading, I promised an explanation for the molasses chaser after the ivermectin. I already blogged about Speedy's less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward all things icky being placed in his mouth (read it here), but anytime I am required to give him something that tastes gross, I follow it up with a chaser of something yummy. I do the same thing after his monthly Adequan injection, except that the chaser is a handful of cookies. I always want his last memory of me touching him to be associated with something pleasant!
It is 6:30 a.m. and I would LOVE to post more, but I just don't have the energy. We flew in to LAX last night and then drove the two hours home. I can't wait to post pictures and videos of some equine related stuff. I should have more energy later today.
In a little while I plan to go and check on Speedy, who got new shoes and then came up a bit sore after turnout last week. This, of course, is from Taz's mom. Hopefully he's recovered by today as we have a show on Sunday. And what was I thinking when I sent THAT entry in?
More to follow ...
... but I found an internet connection in one of Scotland's tourist offices. As you probably already guessed, I have looked for, and found, horses at every junction on the road. Hubby has been helpful about pointing them out at as well! I also got to ride a few days ago and had a great time. Photos, and even some video, will be posted once we return. Oh ... before I forget, we actually visited the Royal Mews (stables) at Buckingham Palace in London. Only two of the horses were visible, but two is better than none!
Be back in a week of so!
My prize for "winning" the helmet story contest
Riders4Helmets recently ran a contest for the "best" helmet story. Photos of the "event" were required. I submitted my own story from last summer's wreck, and it was selected as one of the top three picks! To see the complete list of winners, click here.
I'd like to say a big thank you to Riders4Helmets for the embroidered dressage pad that they awarded me for my helmet story. To show support for their cause, here are some facts and myths about helmets that I found on Troxel's Blog page. To see Troxel's original post, click here. Troxel supported International Helmet Awareness Day, June 11, 2011.
Top Ten Helmet Facts and Myths
Five Facts About Riding and Helmets ...
And Now, Five Myths About Riding and Helmets ...
And we're off ... I am on vacation in Europe for the next several weeks and will not be able to post. Don't worry. Speedy and I will soon be back on Karen's Dressage Blog, and you can continue to read about our many misadventures. I have lots of posts ready to go when I return, and hope that my Scottish "hack" at Broomhill Riding Centre produces some good material to share with you all.
See you soon!
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%:
Stuff I Read