From Endurance to Dressage
I hate to break it to you, but I have the world's best farrier. I know, I know. You no doubt feel that you have the best farrier. We may just have to agree to disagree!
Thursday was shoeing day.
My farrier always calls or texts to remind me and to check to see if our appointment time still works for me (seriously!). He comes on time (no, I am not exaggerating). He treats my horse sweetly (He's been known to share his granola bar with Speedy!). He always sends a text, or a leaves a voicemail, telling me how great my horse was for his "pedicure" (love technology). Today the farrier even sent a picture of Speedy's new feet with his text!
The photo above is the day before shoes. Speedy is at just under six weeks. These are his hind feet. Look how thin the shoe is!
This is his left hind hoof. Notice how worn the nail heads are and how smooth the rim of the shoe is! We ride a fair amount (about 15 days out of the month) and our ground is pretty hard.
Here's what they looked like when my farrier was finished. This is the right hind hoof. The shoe is nearly double the thickness of the one from the day before!
Are you convinced? No? I didn't think so! Farrier's are worth their weight in gold and if you've found a good one, you're probably willing to do anything to keep him! I know that I adore mine!
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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