From Endurance to Dressage
I meant to mention this the other day. I had a lesson with JL on Saturday, and while it wasn't hot, it was quite warm for a horse sporting a full winter coat. The high was 79℉.
Speedy has quite a lot of mane. In the summer, when he gets hot after a ride, I simply hose him off. This time of a year, soaking a thick coat isn't always wise which is why many people clip. I don't clip my boys; they get to keep their coats on, but it does mean I have to take some extra precautions when it comes to keeping them from getting too warm and sweaty.
I decided to do a quick braid for the lesson. This served two purposes: first, Speedy's neck was kept cooler during his ride, and second, we both get to keep our braiding skills sharp. When the braid was finished, I was actually a little irritated. Can you see why?
No? Here's a slightly different angle.
I did this braid in less than five minutes with no Quic Braid. I wasn't trying to be neat and tidy; I just wanted it up and off his neck. And it looks pretty darn good! It even held really well during the lesson, better in fact than when I do it tight and methodical. Maybe I ought to do the looser, quicker style for shows?
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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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
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2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
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