From Endurance to Dressage
Since my trailer was still parked in front of the barn on Sunday morning after our visit to Summer Lane Farm, I decided Izzy needed another trailer loading lesson. With the butt rope tossed over his hind end, he got on very quietly, but he's still pretty worried about the step down when unloading.
I loaded only one time with the butt rope; for the next several tries I took it off and asked him to load without the crutch. Each time he refused, I gave him a quick tutorial in what forward means by getting after him with the lunge whip. He's a quick study.
After loading and unloading successfully three or four times, I turned him out with Speedy (who I kept on a lead rope). Izzy got some big bucks and woo hoo gallops out of his system and finished it all off with a big drink. I put Speedy away and brought Izzy back to the trailer for a cool down on the Hi-Tie, his first time.
He was as brilliant as I knew he'd be. He eye-balled me a bit when I climbed up on the wheel well to snap him in, and then he gave the rope a quizzical look as it hung above his, but that was all the energy he cared to put into that.
I spent some time banging around inside the trailer, which can be scary for green beans as they can't see what I am doing in there. I cleaned manure, removed a hay bag, and slammed the windows closed. None of it bothered him.
I left him standing there while I changed back into my muck boots, untied the dog, and put my stuff away. In between searches for bits of edible plants, he checked on where I was, but his trailer manners were impeccable. I feel pretty confident that when it comes time to go somewhere, he'll stand at the trailer without too much of a fuss.
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
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(*) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: