From Endurance to Dressage
Gizmos That I Like - Part 3
I am looking at the weather report and Sunday's show is not looking good. I need the Sun god to work his magic. Clouds are fine, just not RAIN clouds. Oh, yeah ... I am still working on the post about bits. I know everyone is VERY disappointed about the lack of bit info, but be patient, it's coming. So for now, another post about my favorite Gizmos.
The Gamma Seal Lid is one of the coolest inventions, and can be bought from many vendors for around $4.00 each. They snap onto most standard-sized "paint" buckets although once you snap it on, forget about getting it back off! I have at least 6 of them and use them for horse feed and our dog's food.
Once you snap the frame on (see the yellow one in the photo), the lid screws on and off. They are airtight and leak-proof as well as EXTREMELY sturdy. I sit on mine all the time. These make the BEST containers for storing feed and for bringing feed on the road.
I bought a bunch of those orange "paint" buckets at Home Depot and snapped the lids on. I keep one in the trailer for feed and cookies that goes with me for lessons and shows. The others are in my tack room for grain, beet pulp, and rice bran. And the best part about them is that they keep out bugs and rodents!
I should also mention that they come in MANY colors. I color coded my buckets for the feed stored inside; yellow for grain (I haven't found a green one!), white for rice bran, and red for beet pulp (can't remember why I picked red for beet pulp!), etc. My blue one is for the trailer since most of my trailer stuff is blue, and our black lab has a black one for dog food. I even keep a spare one in the utility room waiting for a job. You just never know ...
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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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