From Endurance to Dressage
Hoopla is probably too strong of a word. It starts with H though, and fifth grade is all about alliteration. Have I ever mentioned that my class mascot is a stallion? Yep, we're Sweaney's Stallions. We even have class t-shirts.
So if it's a hoopla, what's all the hoopla? Well, without intending to jinx myself, Izzy seems to be holding onto this round of shoes. Horseshoe gods, please don't take this as a challenge. We're just over half-way through the shoeing cycle, and his usually short toes are starting to look rather longish; comparatively speaking of course.
When my farrier was out last, I reminded him that I had started Izzy on Platinum Hoof Support. He gave a surprised, "Oh! That might be why his feet looked better."
Izzy's hooves weren't miraculously longer or anything, but my farrier did feel as though they weren't as soft and shelly. Of course, it takes months for real progress, but at least his hooves don't look worse.
I ordered another tub last night which will last 6 weeks. At $52.43, which includes tax and shipping, the stuff isn't cheap. At $1.11 per serving, it's actually downright expensive. Let's not forget that Speedy gets 1/2 cup of Platinum Healthy Weight at $1.67 a day, and BOTH boys get a serving of Platinum Performance at $1.96 per day, each.
Hoopla indeed! I spend $3.07 a day on Izzy's supplements and another $3.93 on Speedy. And that $7.00 a day doesn't count the three bags of LMF senior that I buy every month nor the beet pulp that I buy now and again.
Holy hoopla, Batman! I need to get some lower maintenance ponies.
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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