From Endurance to Dressage
Oh, how Izzy loves his chiropractor. Like, let me stick my 1,350 pound self in your pocket loves him.
I was smarter for this go round. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to figure out why Izzy can't go in a straight line, pick up the left lead, or just walk forward. This time, I figured it out by the third ride - go, me. The first ride was probably just a whoohoo kind of day. During the second ride I found myself asking, What's wrong with YOU? I should have figured it out then, but I needed that third ride. That's when my brain finally kicked in and remembered that when I am asking Izzy what's wrong with you, he's likely been answering me for several rides. If I'm listening, I'll know it's time for some body work.
The visits are always the same. CC shows up ready to listen to the horse, while I'm busy telling him what I think is wrong. Sometimes I am close, but more often then not, I am just wrong. I was certain Izzy was out in his loins. Instead, everything was radiating from his poll. It's a good thing that CC doesn't listen to me.
On top of being ouchy in his poll, Izzy's jaw was locked up tight. That turned out to be a good time to talk about our recent bridling issues and Izzy's newly shortened canine teeth. CC is always willing to talk training and the reasons why horses resist. Sometimes they resist just because they can. Or because they're tall. Or both. I am looking at you, big brown horse!
Poll, jaw, and ribs, they're all connected. Both sides of Izzy's ribs were a bit sore, but since I figured out the problem sooner rather than later, he wasn't as sore as he sometimes gets. Izzy doesn't actually like to have his ribs worked on, but he definitely appreciates getting them done. I tried to catch a photo with his tongue doing its thing, but all I managed to get was a bit of mouth action. When he gets big relief, his tongue will fall out of his mouth.
The visit was on the shorter side, which means that I caught everything just in time. We're still on an every third month schedule, and no matter how much my wallet would like to stretch it a bit further, I simply can't. In fact, every ten weeks would probably be optimum.
The next day, we finally had a lesson. Izzy took the bit like his old self, and his naughties during the lesson were of the because I can variety. More on that tomorrow.
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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