From Endurance to Dressage
Nothing makes me feel better than a wet nose; canine therapy is so effective.
I took Tobi with me to the barn last night. Knowing that he was enjoying himself helped me to regain a little emotional balance. I also started to feel a bit more grounded in my reality (rather than the alternate one I'm being dragged into). Sorry to be so cryptic, but you never know who is reading or digging into your online life.
I also spent some time enjoying how each pony could roll in the arena with such pleasure and then buck and fart his way around in a mad gallop to nowhere. For a brief moment I considered trying out the process myself but decided I wouldn't be able to fart and run with such unabashed enthusiasm as they do.
I also took the time to hand graze each boy in the shade. Tobi enjoys these moments as he thinks the horses are just great big friendly dogs. Fortunately, my ponies find him completely unthreatening and allow him to occasionally lick their noses and bump them with his incessantly wagging tail.
This morning I am on a mission to shelve some of my worries and enjoy riding my boys. In the afternoon, we hope to make it out to the Greek Food Festival for a late lunch. I hear the beverages are also quite good. Let the weekend's fun begin!
9/7/2013 01:01:17 am
Relax and enjoy your weekend! Sounds like Tobi would make a great therapy dog!
9/7/2013 02:26:19 am
What a great way to start the weekend! I too has a rough week and am hoping some saddle time will balance me out a bit too! Also some therapeutic house cleaning may be in order (my family is coming for a visit next week) I hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend!
9/7/2013 03:07:11 pm
What a wonderful image I have in my head of your weekend, very jealous I must say. Dogs are just the best aren't they
9/9/2013 10:59:42 am
Hi all! I made it through the weekend. Can't say everything is rosy and bright, but I am healthy, if not exactly happy. When crap happens, it tends to come my way in multiples. And this too shall pass ...
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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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