From Endurance to Dressage
Hey hey, Cinderella, what's the story all about
Speedy G has definitely decided that his alter ego is Cinderella. I've owned this horse, or rather he's owned me, for more than seven years, and we've never had so many shoeing issues until this past year. He's clearly pining for some glass slippers.
The neighbor told me that Dr. Tolley had stopped by last week for her old man and that he had popped over to check on Speedy while he was there. When I didn't hear from the vet, I assumed that he hadn't seen anything other than what we had already been seeing.
When I called the vet hospital to talk to Dr. Tolley about Izzy's leg on Monday, Dr. Tolley shared what he had found with Speedy's feet. He agreed that Speedy was quite footsore on the left and that he had a strong digital pulse.
After poking around a bit, he realized that there was a fair amount of dirt packed between the rim of the shoe and Speedy's sole. Once he scraped the dirt out, Speedy was "60% better."
I shared with Dr. Tolley that the front shoes had already been pulled and that Speedy was to be re-shod in mid-June. He liked the plan but suggested my farrier shoe Speedy with a narrower web bar shoe so that the dirt can't pack in under the shoe and put pressure on the sole.
I hopped up on Speedy bareback on Monday afternoon to see how he felt. There's a show coming up in a just over a week that I really want to do. I haven't shown since November, and I really miss it.
I walked Speedy over the poles, and he felt sound. He also seemed very happy to be working again. When he was focused on the poles, I urged him forward into a baby trot and continued working on the four poles I had laid out in a circle.
I am not sure that he was 100% sound, but he felt pretty good. I kept the trot very tiny, but he stepped over those poles nicely. And did I mention that he was bareback? Even without a saddle, he lengthened his stride where he needed to, and he was pretty good about not diving forward over the poles or rushing off to the next one.
I worked him to the left first and later to the right. I sent in the entry yesterday; it's due today. If he still feels sound this afternoon, I'll give the show a try, and if not, he'll have until mid-June for any soreness to heal.
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%: