From Endurance to Dressage
As I said a week or so ago, there are never dull moments when Speedy is around.
It was suggested that I soak Speedy's hoof in an Epsom Salt bath in order to draw out some of the soreness that is making him lame. I am still pretty sure he's just bruised, and he's nearly back to 100%.
I've soaked a few horses' hooves before, so I know it can be a disconcerting experience for the more sensitive ponies out there. Speedy let me gently lower his foot into the warm bath. After two minutes, he seemed to be relaxing, so I slowly started to brush his neck and shoulder hoping to relax him even more.
Nope. In a freak out moment, he jerked his foot out of the bucket, launched it sideways, and then he turned himself into a pretzel and flew out of the cross ties. He tried to sit down in his panic, but finally, the halter slipped over his ears, and he bolted.
I rounded up my terrified pony, soothed his little brain, and tried it all again. The second time, I only managed to pick his foot up before he kicked, re-launching the bucket and escaping the cross ties. The second time, the halter's breakaway piece snapped.
I've been using the Tekna Halters for several years, and I love them! When I first blogged about using a synthetic halter, several readers expressed concern about whether or not the breakaway piece would work. I am happy to report that it snapped in half exactly as it was designed to do, leaving the halter unharmed.
Riding Warehouse carries the breakaway piece for a paltry $4.50, less if you buy two or more. I had to use my own Loctite of course, but the halter is now good as new and a lot cleaner!
Normally, I hate breaking stuff, but this was one of those times when I was grateful something at the barn broke. I only hope I didn't jinx myself by not buying multiple breakaway pieces while I had the chance!
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%