From Endurance to Dressage
Moving on from yesterday's marathon post … How about a look at Speedy's new haircut?
I don't have a problem cutting my horses' tails, but I've never known exactly how to do a correct bang cut. I've tried in the past, but the results were less than "banged." Now that I know what the length should be, just at the top of the fetlock, I should be able to get Speedy's sparse tail to thicken up a bit.
Thanks to TM's advice, I am also going to condition both boys' tails more frequently. And according to my dressage pal, Jen, she cuts her horse's tail at least monthly. I am going to keep that in mind.
What do you all do: let it grow naturally, or bang it?
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
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