From Endurance to Dressage
Everything is a toy in Izzy Zweibrücker's eyes, even the water hose! If it wiggles, moves, clangs, bangs, splashes, bounces, clunks, or thunks, he finds it uproariously entertaining.
He dumped over his massive water trough the other day and then dragged it at least 15 feet to the far side of his paddock. That thing is heavy. Even empty, I can't pick it up, yet he dragged it across his paddock for fun.
I had to drag it outside of his stall to scrub and hose it out, it was full of dirt, and then drag it back inside. How he did it with just his teeth is a mystery to me.
To fill it up, I shoved the hose down into the bottom and tried to walk away. Before I had even turned my back, Izzy had the hose in his mouth, shooting water everywhere. No matter how I positioned the hose, he managed to grab it from me.
I finally pulled the hose through the fence and simply let it spray into the trough. Even that was fun. For at least twenty minutes, he licked the water bubbles or let the hose splash him in the face.
While I don't want a dullard for a horse, I do sort of wish he'd grow up a little. It seems as though the more toys I find for him, the more toys he wants! At least filling the trough is a freebie!
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)
Qualifying Training Level
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