From Endurance to Dressage
I know it's Saturday, but Speedy was such a goofball last night that I had to tell on him.
On days that I am just too tired to ride, usually because it's so danged hot, I like to just play around with my boys. I turned Sydney out into the arena where he bucked and galloped and squealed and acted as though he hadn't seen the light of day for weeks and weeks. Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Speedy's big treat isn't the turn out, although he likes that occasionally. His go-to TGIF event is to free-graze on the lawn. I just loop his lead rope up through his halter and then toss the rope over his back so that he doesn't step on it. He's really good about it, and for the most part, he stays where he's supposed to, until he doesn't.
While Speedy grazed, I went and got Sydney so that he could have some time to nibble as well. I have to hold his lead rope or he panics at his imagined freedom. All was going well until Speedy pulled one of his I am not supposed to do this tricks.
Here's where they are supposed to graze, also known as OUR yard.
Speedy, however, is a true believer in the concept of the grass being greener anywhere else other than OUR yard. And as we all know, it never is. So as Sydney was happily tearing up chunks of green stuff, Speedy made his get-a-way through the fence into the neighbor's yard.
I called to Speedy, asking him to come back. To try and entice him back into OUR yard, I started leading Sydney back to the barn. Speedy, in a dullest crayon in the box moment, panicked at the thought that we might actually leave him and began trotting up and down the fence line. He forgot where the opening was.
I led Sydney back to his stall but kept my eye on my lost little pony. Within a very short time, Speedy remembered where the twelve foot opening in the fence was and came trotting gaily over to the lawn. By this time, Sydney was tucked back in his stall. Seeing Speedy prancing up and down across the lawn set off his run wild button which in turn encouraged my wayward pony to really put on a show.
I closed Sydney's gate and walked calmly back to the lawn to round up the fat boy. While he may show off to his buddies, he knows when the jig is up and always allows himself to be ever-so-humbly caught and led back to the barn. As we walked back, his head hanging dejectedly, I reminded him that if he'd just stay in OUR yard, he could spend lots more time out there.
He always looks like he agrees with me, but there is never a free-graze day where he doesn't sneak over to the neighbor's place.
(And before anyone worries, we have a great relationship with the neighbor and Speedy is never in trouble with them.)
We're going up to the cabin for the weekend, so I'll see you all on Monday. Have a great weekend!
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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