From Endurance to Dressage
I took this photo several days ago - I really have been to the barn since!
This is more or less a follow up from yesterday's post. For as tough-as-nails as endurance horses have to be, they're also ridiculously fragile. Even minor colics or lamenesses can be career ending. Hence the need to record every pile of poop and color of every urine stream. No kidding. Stand near an endurance rider's horse as he takes that infamous stretched-out stance, and you'll hear things like, "Is it lemonade colored or more like coffee? Does it stink, or smell like good pee? Seriously, what does good pee even smell like? ALL endurance riders stop and stare any time a horse decides to urinate. They also stop and evaluate the shape, volume, and color of every pile of number two. Was it too loose, too hard, mucus-covered, green, or brown? Poop is a BIG deal to endurance riders, especially when there isn't enough of it. I am freely admitting that I still check out every number one and two that Speedy volunteers.
ANYWAY ... I LOVE to ride, but I spend just as much of my time time and energy assessing Speedy's over-all health and well-being. I know this record-keeping style is very much a result of my years managing and caring for endurance horses, but does everyone else do this as well? I know you're hoping there is a dressage connection somewhere in this post, so here it is: My years managing endurance horses gives me tremendous confidence at shows. I KNOW that Speedy is sound and metabolically healthy. I know what his heart and respiratory rates are, and that he's fit and healthy enough to handles the rigors and stressors that we'll find at a show. That's just one less thing to worry about as we enter at A and salute the judge.
So here's the code to my calendar entries:
Fairfax Loop/Oil Field Loop - I have quite a few different loops that I ride (summer loops/winter loops). If I ride on the trail, I list the loop name, time spent on the trail, and sometimes the mileage (less now that I am not in endurance training). I usually have more, and longer, trail rides listed, but February was dark, cold, wet, and just not-so-great-for-riding.
T/O - turn out.
Lesson - that one doesn't take a rocket scientist; a dressage lesson with my coach.
Arena Ride means that I schooled dressage in my arena. I try to write down what I worked on in particular.
Ivermectin - Speedy G got a de-wormer
AIS - Adequan Injection Speedy. I used to also have AIM (Adequan Injection Montoya). I guess I could shorten it down to just AI, but that's ... weird! Artificial Intelligence (seriously!), Artificial Insemination (hope not!), American Idol (he thinks so), or Anti-Inflammatory (that would be for me) ...
How do you keep track?
Here's the "permanent" record (click each photo for a closer view):
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%