From Endurance to Dressage
Since mid-July, I've been thinking that Izzy needed to see the chiropractor. But you know how things go. At the end of July we went to San Diego for a week, and when I got back he was better. Then when I still thought he should see the chiropractor, Speedy and I went to RAAC, but the chiropractor was also gone showing. As we left for the show, Izzy came up lame, but it turned out to be an abscess that blew on Monday, the same day that school started.
I finally called the chiropractor on Saturday and was lucky to get a same day visit. There were no surprises. Even though the chiropractor had been out this past May, Izzy was sore from hocks to poll.
Even though Izzy's same old spots were irritated, the chiropractor had to work on him a long time to help him find relief. Izzy's poll was locked up tight as were his neck and loins.
In the end, the chiropractor felt that Izzy's hocks were the cause of all of his discomfort. When I got home and reviewed Izzy's medical records, I was not surprised to see that Izzy's hocks were injected mid-July of 2016. Mid-July of this year was when I first felt that he needed an adjustment. It looks like annual hock injections might be our new normal.
As luck would have it, my vet just left for a two week vacation, but I was able to talk to him before he left. He agreed that Izzy should have them done again, so we have an appointment scheduled for the doctor's first day back, a week from Friday.
I hate having to wait so long, but the time will go quickly. Speedy and I have a show this Sunday, so my brain is kind of focused on him anyway. It's also hot, and since I now have to ride in the afternoons, I am a little less motivated. Izzy has already had a few days off. For the next week, he'll get ridden lightly.
Thank goodness I have one easy horse. Izzy, it isn't you!
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.
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