From Endurance to Dressage
I've always had just one grooming tote that I used for both horses. I also keep a second grooming bag in my horse trailer. I don't share my grooming stuff with other horses, but I am okay with using the same brushes on my two boys.
Recently however, I realized that I now have a grooming bag/bucket for each horse. It has nothing to do with communicable diseases though. I know how it started, it was for convenience, but it has turned into a permanent situation.
In an effort to help Izzy relax and feel more confident, I started grooming him in his dry lot pasture. After a while, I found that I enjoyed grooming him there as I often do bodywork with him. In his pasture, I have all the room I need to stretch him or do some quick groundwork.
At first, I just carried a hoof pick and a jelly scrubber. I found that I was running back to the tack room for the fly spray or something else. To minimize the number of trips, I dug out a spare bucket and started dropping things into it that I might need. The next thing I knew, Izzy had his own grooming bag.
For every day use, I pick out his feet, scrub the gunk from his coat, and then brush him smooth. I also cover him with fly spray and brush on some Knotty Horse Conditioner. If I need to do more, I tie him at the trailer where I tack up.
For Speedy, I use my full grooming bag. It has tons of brushes, a variety of hoof picks, shedding tools, scissors, and a few other things. Since I groom him at the trailer in front of the tack room, I don't mind schlepping the heavier bag from the tack room to my grooming spot.
While Speedy's bag is jam-packed, I only use a few things in it. Like Izzy, I pick out Speedy's feet, scrub the gunk off his coat with a jelly scrubber, and then wipe him down with a soft brush. He also gets a minimal amount of fly spray - the flies don't really mess with Speedy, and I doctor his skin ailments with Equiderma.
While I own at least 59 different bottles and tubes of conditioners and wound treatments, my daily routine is pretty simple. Is your routine similar or more complicated?
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%