From Endurance to Dressage
A Barrel of Fun
I picked up Izzy's new toy on Friday afternoon.
We had torrential rain the night before so his stall was a muddy mess. I quickly realized that a rolling toy was not going to be much fun if it was stuck in the goop. Ultimately, it turned out to be a much better idea to introduce Izzy to the barrel in the arena anyway. He ended up with a lot more room to play.
He didn't love it the way he loved his big ball, but I think he will get a lot more use out it of than a ball that pops.
He needs a bit more time with the barrel. Even though he liked it, it didn't do quite what he wanted. Once he gets the hang of it, I am certain he'll be chasing after it in no time. Since his paddock still has a lake in it, I'll keep the barrel in the arena and give him time over the next few days to play with it in there.
I am pretty sure this toy is going to last a while. Let's hope it keeps his interest!
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
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