From Endurance to Dressage
Last summer, I finally retired Izzy's hand-me-down Tekna halter; Speedy still has his. I bought a beautiful, black Schockemohle halter which Izzy promptly broke two weeks later. I was very disappointed.
Fortunately, a few weeks later, I won a new leather halter at a clinic. That halter has served us well - it was free, and it fit.
Sadly, I just noticed that the leather has began to wear thin and is now torn. I don't think Izzy did anything to it, although I can't rule that out. I think that it was just an inexpensive halter.
I needed a new halter. I am done with buying expensive halters as Izzy can't be trusted to not maim or destroy them. My next consideration was whether to buy a $35 cheapo halter and replace it regularly or go with a moderately priced halter and hope it lasts longer than a year.
I opted for a moderately priced halter. With every online tack store offering 15% off for the Memorial Day weekend, I sort of had my choice. After combing through my regular haunts for a good bargain, I opted for the Henri de Rivel Kushy Soft Padded Leather Halter from Riding Warehouse. With the 15% discount, it came to $59.46. I would have liked to pay closer to $35 than $60, but it looks like a nice halter.
Now I have to decide whether to get yet another nameplate done for him. It might have to read - DESTROYER OF ALL THINGS.
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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