From Endurance to Dressage
First Sign of Summer
Like clockwork, the day after the winter solstice, Izzy lost a few hairs from his coat. Not many, but just enough to show that his body knew that the daylight hours be increasing.
When I went out the barn yesterday, I finally saw that Izzy's winter coat is shedding and his darker summer coat is peeking through.
Izzy always sheds the hairs from front to back. His barrel are rump are always last to lose their shaggy winter hair.
Yesterday, I had to keep emptying the brush as it quickly filled up with hair. While I love the Schimmel brush all winter, shedding season is when I really appreciate how well it gets the deep down dirt and hair off. I both love and hate shedding season. What's waiting underneath is worth it, but getting there means a lot of itchy noses and a lot of bad hair days.
Izzy's about to get all kinds of ugly!
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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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