From Endurance to Dressage
There might only be a few more updates; Izzy's wound is starting to close really fast. I am pretty positive that the wound will be covered with new skin before the end of March. I am hoping for Friday the 27th, the last day of school before I am on Spring vacation.
I have an appointment with Dr. Tolley for Friday, April 3rd. I am keeping it wrapped until then even if the wound is completely covered by new skin. I imagine the skin is pretty delicate at this point, and I'd hate to have it break open.
I wanted to show how fast the wound is closing. These three photos were shot over a one week period - the first on March 7th, the second on March 10th, and third on March 14th.
If you can't quite tell the difference between the photos, compare the "V" at the top. The other way to see the growth is to compare how much "white" encircles the wound; this is new skin. Also look at how wide the wound was on the 7th compared to the width just a week later. The bottom "loop" closed some time ago, but even in the last photo you can see that some of the "scabbing" skin has flaked away.
Dr. Tolley said that the wound will close a pencil tip width a day. I think his rate of healing is pretty accurate. Using his "classroom" calculation, I estimate that there are only about ten to twelve pencil tips left at the widest part of the wound.
We're 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.
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