From Endurance to Dressage
HAHAHA! I crack myself up. Although, now that I think about it, it's only funny if you've ever had to do suicides - you know, those things that basketball and hockey players do where you sprint/skate across the court, touch the line, sprint back, touch the line, repeat until you vomit. I ran track in high school, so our version was 100-meter sprints.
Yeah. Suicides. Speedy and I did a bunch of them in the arena over the weekend. Often times, when I am done riding, I'll pull Speedy's saddle and bridle while we're still in the arena so that he can roll and cool off. He loves to scratch and get a drink when we're done, and quite frequently, he'll get a wild hair and go ripping around the arena, kicking up his heels.
If I hang out with him, the turnout time is even more fun. Speedy is pretty vain and enjoys showing off. If he thinks I am not watching closely enough, he blows hard to get my attention, tosses his mane and then gallops straight at me, rearing or turning quickly to launch a kick my way. He is ultra careful and never gets close to me - he just enjoys having me play the game with him.
One of my barn owners was doing some tractor work and agreed to drag the arena for me if I would dismantle my dressage court. It's not fancy, just a bunch of six foot fencing poles laid out in a 40-meter x 60-meter rectangle. In order to smooth out the ruts that get created down the long sides, I have to drag the poles out of the arena. It's a fair amount of work, but it needs to be done about every two months or so.
After I pulled Speedy's saddle, I started dragging the poles out one by one. The first short side is easy, but once I get to the long side, it's a lot more tedious as I have to pick up each pole and carry it 20-meters to the fence line and then walk back 20-meters to the next pole. Dressage suicides, people.
Speedy was "helping" as he usually does when I do this job, so I started jogging out to the pole with him trotting along side. I picked up the next pole and jogged back. Speedy kept pace with me. In fact, he stuck by me for almost every pole. By the time I got to the more distant short side, his energy level spiked and he went rip-roaring around the arena, bucking and snorting.
Of course, when he was done playing, he jogged up to me with his tail waving, and asked if I had had as much fun as he did. He's such a character!
Now I just need to put the poles back. I am pretty sure Speedy will be up for more suicides!
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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