From Endurance to Dressage
Over the years, so many of you have commented on how clean Speedy G always is. While I take very good care of my boys, I don't spend a lot of time using fancy grooming techniques or products. So Speedy's usually sparkling white coat is more a result of his desire to be a diva than it is a reflection of my grooming routine.
Tuesday was a turnout day for Speedy. It was hot - mid 90s, and the water hadn't been turned on in the arena for a day or two so it was dusty. Speedy had a bit of energy to burn, so he did some rodeo style gallops and bucking. When I went out to get him, he was a horse of a different color.
In fact, he was a sweaty ball of ew ... gross!
I gave him a quick shower, but it was mostly to cool him down rather than to clean him off. Like horses everywhere, both Speedy and Izzy grew a winter coat over night even though it's still in the mid-90s here. I hand grazed him a little bit afterwards to help him dry off, but in this heat, I am sure he was dry by the time he finished his dinner.
Just proof that my sparkling white pony does get dirty!
It's been crazy hot here too. Close to a 100 degrees in mid October in northern ca!!??? Farley has a fuzzy winter coat but not MerryLegs yet which makes MerryLegs comfy right now but I'm worried if we have a wet winter since I don't regularly blanket and I'd rather blanket Farley then MerryLegs ;).
10/15/2015 06:13:27 am
This seems suspiciously like a setup... that picture of a dirty grey horse must surely be some OTHER horse. I can't imagine that Speedy would EVER get THAT dirty on purpose! ;)
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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.
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