From Endurance to Dressage
I always dial 832-1150. That's the number to Bakersfield Vet Hospital. I've called BVH so many times over the last two decades that I have the number memorized. I am certain that I am not the only one.
On Wednesday night, Kern River CDS hosted an Emergency Management Clinic. The speaker was none other than my own very favorite vet, Dr. Blanton.
Most of Dr. B's lecture covered stuff that I already know, and most of the points she covered were things that I've had to call her, or one of the other doctors, to treat:
Even so, it's always good to hear the info again. Since the group was small, it was a very relaxed atmosphere where questions were welcomed.
Several friends have asked me about two different wound treatment topicals, Vetricyn and Blu-Kote, so I wanted to get Dr. B's opinion. Her view on Vetricyn was that it's an over-priced, diluted bleach solution, and Blu-Kote is not very effective at treating wounds. She strongly recommends Scarlet Oil as a topical wound treatment and not much else so I wasn't surprised at her assessment.
One part of the lecture that I found particularly interesting was her three page handout, specifically the back page. I have attached a scan of it below. It's a list of items that should be in your equine emergency kit. I have most of the things on the list, but I am missing a few items. I plan to add a few things over the next couple of weeks.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: