From Endurance to Dressage
Great Balls of Poop!
You knew it wasn't going to be fire; that would be weird and scary. And since you know me pretty well, you know that poop is not something I shy away from discussing. There's so much to love about it.
A few weeks ago, Izzy's body worker suggested I take Izzy off the GastroElm for a while to see if that would firm his poop back up. If you'll remember, Izzy's poop was perpetually ploppy like mashed potatoes, and it was really sour smelling. Within a week after taking him off the Gastro Elm, the smell had disappeared, and his poop started to take shape. Oh, my goodness, you should see it now!
It is now well formed in distinct balls. It's still a wee bit soft, and no balls are rolling away as they land, but there are actually completely formed BALLS. Gross, I know, but when your buddy has pooped green mashed potatoes for the past five months, soft balls are something to cheer about.
Obviously, the Gastro Elm, while still a great product, is too much of a good thing. I love a glass of whiskey every now and then, but that doesn't mean I need to drink it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't plan on giving up on the Gastro Elm, but I see now that it is best left for high stress situations. Izzy probably doesn't need a daily maintenance dose. Cheaper for me, so we'll see how it goes.
Maybe in another week we'll actually have poop balls that roll!
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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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