From Endurance to Dressage
I have been on barn duty for nearly two weeks, and I have another week to go. I take care of my own two, of course, but now I am watching four other ponies, two of which are down the road. That makes a total of six horses to fly spray, six fly masks to check on, and a host of other must dos.
My long time friend KG is in Oklahoma, but she should be returning today. A neighbor kid is feeding her two geldings, but I'm keeping the water troughs filled, dousing them with fly spray, cramming them full of cookies, and just checking on their general health. By now, they recognize me as the human Pez dispenser.
My own barn owner has gone to Canada. Fortunately, she has a large support group that is helping out with the chores (house sitter & evening feed person), so I am only responsible for a few jobs. I am doing the daily cleaning, fly spray, turn out, and general barn clean up. I am also feeding the other two geldings an early lunch since my boys get theirs every day.
Even with the extra chores, I am still riding both of my own boys Monday through Friday, which includes lessons twice a week. I've certainly been busy, but I love the work and prefer it to my day job. To bad Barn Duty doesn't pay as well!
6/18/2014 11:37:53 pm
Your care an attention to our boys is very much appreciated. It takes th anxiety out of leaving to know everyone is in your competent hands. A big thank you!
6/19/2014 04:50:56 am
High praise indeed! :0) We're all just having fun.
6/19/2014 04:52:27 am
I'd be happy to see me too if I always showed up with cookies! LOL Being a Pez dispenser is actually fun; you get all of the kisses without having to do any of the work.
6/19/2014 04:53:14 am
Wouldn't it be great though ... :0)
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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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