From Endurance to Dressage
If you own a horse, you know that while bubble wrap would protect your horse from the bumps and scrapes that he gets, he would eat the bubble wrap and colic. Choices, choices ...
I have discovered that Izzy is a pretty rough boy. Every single day I discover a new scrape or ding. Sometimes it's his face, occasionally his hip, but usually it's his legs. I've decided to quit worrying about it as he will never arrive at a wound free day. Case in point:
Even with multiple layers of coverage and protection, Izzy still managed to whack his leg during our last lesson. And what's even more aggravating is that he whacked the exact same spot that he had whacked in his stall a week or so ago. Although, in hind sight, at least he doesn't have a brand new wound. He simply re-bashed a wound that was nearly healed.
As I always look for the silver lining, the good thing is that he is a total rock star about letting me doctor the various scrapes and abuses that he insists on inflicting on himself. When I re-wrapped his leg wound the other day, which looks remarkably better, I didn't even both to put him in the cross ties. I took off the old bandage and re-wrapped the leg while he munched on his dinner.
I was really proud of Izzy Zweibrücker. Considering that those first few days of wrapping the wound required a handler to reassure him so that I could get the job done, he's come a long way. I was thrilled that he let me tug that bandage off, scrape the wound clean, and then re-wrap it. He did try to step away once, but I told him to whoa, and he stood there mid-stride until I was completely finished.
It's a good thing he tolerates all of the doctoring because he seems to need a lot of it. Once the big wound is cleared up, these little scrapes and dings will seem much more minor. Until then, let's hope he can keep all of his insides on the inside!
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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