From Endurance to Dressage
I've followed a few blogs that showcased a healing wound, so I totally get it if these photos gross you out. If no one wants to see these photos, I can choose a different way to share his progress. By now, I am quite desensitized to the images myself, so there's nothing left but a clinical fascination. You might not feel that way however.
As I post these photos today, I am shocked by how much the wound has healed! It looks to be half the size that it was a month ago. At this rate, Dr. Tolley's projected ten week healing time might not be that far off.
I emailed the last photo to Dr. Tolley on Friday. He felt comfortable saying that it didn't appear to need further debridement (at this moment anyway). So for now, I am to keep wrapping as directed (every other day) with the white lotion, a fluid astringent preparation made of lead acetate, zinc sulfate, and water.
There is another product that he suggested I try, a hydrophilic foam pad made by Kendall. The pads are a couple of dollars each and would require two at a time (for now) to cover the length of the wound. I decided against this course for now since the white lotion is working really well.
If the wound continues to heal well without more proud flesh developing, I might switch to the foam pads as he thinks they might promote quicker healing. If they work, I am willing to pay for them as they are far cheaper than the calcium alginate pads we tried a week or two ago.
Overall, the time I've spent bandaging Izzy's leg has been quite productive. He's learned a lot and has had time to get comfortable in his home before being asked to work. In no time at all he'll be ready to saddle and start his new life.
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
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Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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