From Endurance to Dressage
So ... about those wonderful and free feed bags as toys ...
The bag lasted twelve hours. Probably less, but I wasn't there to see the precise moment when Izzy began ripping it apart. I dutifully dug around the poop and found every last shred of feed bag and dumped it unceremoniously into the trash.
When I mentioned the fail to my barn owner, she simply shrugged and remarked that it was no big deal as we have tons of feed bags. "Give him one every day," she said. "We have plenty more."
I was relieved to hear that the mess didn't bug her. She knows I am there every day and will happily clean it up, but I am a tad bit worried he'll try to eat the smaller pieces, especially if they still smell good.
One of my Facebook friends suggested that I spring for the Mega Ball cover (I ordered the ball the night before). I hadn't really given it any thought as I assumed the covers were about making the ball look fun for owners. Apparently, they can extend the life of the ball as the horse can grab the cover rather than the rubber of the ball itself.
When I got home in the afternoon, I checked out the price of the covers and was a bit dismayed to see that they're almost as much as the ball itself. Oh well (said with a shrug). What's another $18.39?
I called Valley Vet and had them add the cover to my order. Now my cost is $46.15 - not so cheap anymore. I guess it's better than my horse eating plastic feed bags and colicking.
Since I was spending the money, I figured I might as well get something I like. I ordered the red and blue soccer ball cover. I can't wait to see it as it is kind of cute!
At nearly $50, this thing had better last until at least Christmas.
Another reader suggested I buy this treat dispensing toy from Jeffers ...
I couldn't resist - look how cheap it is! With shipping, it came out to $22.29. I chose purple to match his Jolly balls.
If these toys don't hold up, it's back to cardboard boxes and plastic bags for the green bean!
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%: