From Endurance to Dressage
You know that by "he" I must be talking about Izzy. I am not one for too many gizmos and gadgets, but I am this close to buying a "baby cam" so that I can watch what the big brown horse does all day.
I know for sure that he does at least three things: eat, poop, and nap. He probably does more pooping than anything else. I wish someone could convince him to do it in one neat pile like Speedy does. Izzy is the most indiscriminate pooper I have ever met. He poops wherever he's standing which is usually in his hay pile which means his hay is always mixed in with his poop. Just gross, Dude!
The other thing he does is fling stuff at Speedy. He has a variety of things that he likes to pick up and throw, so I hope he's not actually hitting Speedy with any of them. On any given day, his traffic cone and purple jolly ball are on Speedy's side of the fence. His big blue barrel, which you can see is still on his side, also gets a lot of attention. It's never in the same place, and fortunately, it has proven too cumbersome for him to toss over the fence. I bet he has tried though.
He's a lot like Yellow Dog, our youngest lab. She grabs any toy that she thinks will entice us to play with her and gleefully tries to shove it in our hands or faces, whichever is most convenient. I am assuming that Izzy does the same thing to Speedy. He would be in HEAVEN if Speedy were to actually grab something and play tug of war. That will never happen; Speedy would be aghast to put something dirty in his mouth.
None of Izzy's shenanigans bother me too much except for that black feed pan. It's supposed to live in his hay feeder so that I can pour in his beet pulp slurry without it getting dumped all over the ground. It doesn't matter what day it is or what the weather has been, that feed pan is always, always somewhere else. Most days, it's at the far end of his field on Speedy's side which is a good 50 feet away. I am desperate to know whether he carries it down there in one go, or does he drop it along the way only to pick it up and continue on his journey.
One of these day I just might catch him in the act!
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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