From Endurance to Dressage
When an endurance rider sees this, she harrumphs a little bit because she knows that her farrier is going to have to drive a long way back to Bakersfield to replace the shoe, but she doesn't put her saddle away.
Instead, she sends a quick text to the World's Great Farrier, locally known as Jaime Osbrink, and whips out her trusty Easyboot. [If you love your horse as much as I do and you live in the Lancaster/Tehachapi/Bakersfield area, he can be reached at 661-477-1070.]
Then the endurance rider tosses on her dressage saddle and gets to work. A pulled shoe wasn't about to ruin my Friday night ride. We trot and cantered (A LOT) with no problems. It may take a few days, but I know that the W'sGF will be down soon, and Speedy will be sporting a new shoe. In the meantime, we might be wearing the Easyboot for a few more rides.
Val, over at Memoirs of a Horse Girl, is just entering the world of hoof boots. You might enjoy reading her experiences here and here with fitting her Quarter Horse, Harley into the Easyboot Glove. By the way, Val and Harley live in New Jersey. Both of them are fine, but you might want to read about her experience with Sandy here.
Oh, one more thing. Hubby and I are cabin bound this morning for a weekend of rest and relaxation. Tobias (the no longer little puppy) will be coming along as well as there's no way he'd tolerate being left out. See you on Monday!
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: