From Endurance to Dressage
Operation New Skin is well underway and appears to be going smoothly.
If you'll remember, my concern has been about the wound cracking back open due to swelling. Unfortunately, this worry is based on experience. We've made it nearly this far several times only to have the wound crack open once the pressure of the bandage has been removed.
On Wednesday, I used a last application of Biozide Gel with a cotton bandage covered with Vet Wrap. When I rewrapped on Friday, I switched to New Skin with two layers of Vet wrap and no cotton. The skin looked tight enough to risk reducing the amount of bandaging material. On Sunday, I undid the Vet Wrap and was pleased to see that the wound was still knit together with no swelling.
Before I rode on Monday, I removed the Vet Wrap completely, and used my DSB boots for the ride. When I took them off, the leg looked perfectly fine. I painted on more New Skin and again covered it with a layer of Vet Wrap.
Knock on wood here, but it seems as though we might finally be out of the woods and free sailing. I hope. The next hurdle will be to skip the Vet Wrap layer without any swelling. I won't try that until next week. I'll keep you posted.
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: