From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy's leg is still attached to his body. It also still has a tiny hole in it. The hole has closed and opened several times due to the nature of wounds. While a bandage was obviously necessary to aid in the healing process, it ultimately has proven to be a detriment in the later stages of healing.
Each time I would phase out the bandage, the leg would swell, stretching the skin until it burst open. Once the wound was small enough, I quit bandaging. We are now dealing with a very small area that is struggling to close, but I am pretty sure that once it closes this time, it will stay closed.
There are just things on which I would rather not become an expert. Bandaging a large laceration on an equally large equine would be one of them!
I was a bit discouraged when I shared the last update. All I could think was this thing is never going to heal. I am definitely encouraged now. It's so close to be completely epithelialized, and since I haven't wrapped it in weeks, there is no more swelling and no chance of the wound bursting back open.
I've included 8 photos in the slide show, one for each month of healing. The photos were all shot almost exactly 30 days apart with the exception of the June photo. I was on vacation and forgot to get a photo before I left.
It's almost finished ...
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%: