From Endurance to Dressage
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The Hi-Tie is my favorite gizmo of all time. This thing works great for horses who are semi-claustrophobic and don't like to be tied right next to the trailer. Like Speedy G. When tied to the trailer, he likes to stand pretty far away so that he can see what's going on around him. The Hi-Tie gives him about as much room to move around as a 12 X 12 corral.
The Hi-Tie is double bolted to an interior rib of the trailer. I simply pull a pin to swing the arm out and then put the pin back in to keep it in the open position. I just do the opposite to put the arm back in the traveling position.
The Hi-Tie arm is made of some specialized, flexible, hi-tech fiberglass material. It gives, but doesn't break if a horse pulls back or puts pressure on it. For additional security, I snap a Blocker Tie Ring, my second favorite gizmo of all time, to the top where Speedy G's rope is attached. If he pulls back (it's happened), the rope slips through and he can "free" himself. And since he's already standing away from the trailer, he's less likely to whack anything.
Because he has so much room, Speedy G likes to lie down at night if we're camping with the Hi-Tie, and if he thinks he has enough room, he also rolls. Unfortunately, he's not the best judge of "enough room!"
Of course I bought the Hi-Tie for endurance rides, but it has been very useful at dressage shows, too. After my tests have been completed, I swing out the Hi-Tie and Speedy G can hang out at the trailer pretty comfortably while I watch others ride. With his hay bag, feed pan, and water bucket nearby, he's pretty happy to just stand around and watch the activity. He does like for me to check in on him occasionally, and if I stay away for too long, he'll give me a holler!
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)
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