From Endurance to Dressage
I haven't done an update in a while because not much has changed. That darn scab is just sitting there stubbornly refusing to fall off!
My vet told me to just leave it alone, but do you know how hard it is not to pick at a scab? Ask a ten year old boy if he can leave a scab alone. That's about how I feel right now.
Since there isn't much that I can do, I've sprayed the wound once or twice with Scarlex, which did nothing but paint his hair red, and I've cold-hosed it trying to loosen the scab a little bit. Each afternoon, I sit and slowly scrape away the edges of the scab, woo-hooing if a bit crumbles off in my hand.
I lead a sad life, obviously.
The good thing is that he's sound, it's just ugly as all get out. And thick. It's got be a solid quarter inch. I tease the edges, but that's it. Here's where it's at lately. Click each photo if you want to study it up close. I do. I zoom that sucker to fill my entire screen looking for any signs of shrinkage.
Don't mistake my theatrics for panic; I am not worried about it all. It will heal. Considering that he tore his leg wide open so that all the inside parts were on the outside, it's not really surprising that it's taking several months to heal.
My plan is for the scab to fall off just about the time we're ready for our first show. I am an optimist after all!
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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