From Endurance to Dressage
I think the phrase is actually Suit Up!, but in our case, boots are more appropriate than suits.
Speedy has been back to work for about a week now, and other than the loss of training (PAY ATTENTION - I am saying that at every stride), he's doing well. He's very sound and happy to be working although if you ask him, he would probably be happier hitting the trail (more on that tomorrow).
While I am not over-cautious or over-reactive, I am pro-active which means that if I genuinely think a change in my routine will help my horses, I am willing. Speedy has been in bell boots at times, mostly when he was wanting to pull shoes, but he's never really needed leg boots.
When I say he hasn't needed boots, it's because he doesn't interfere. Lately though, I have been using leg boots since I am asking him to do more lateral work and a more collected canter. And since we had that recent bout with forging and sore heels that caused him to be lame, I decided that he need some protection, so we now have a new "normal."
All velcro all the time except when I forget ... sheesh! You all probably boot up regularly. Am I the last one to the party?
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: