From Endurance to Dressage
In early March, Dr. Tolley diagnosed Izzy with a sarcoid on his sheath. A sarcoid is a small tumor that doesn't metastasize, but they can be problematic. Dr. Tolley wanted to treat Izzy's in the simplest way first.
For six days, I applied a swath of Xxterra Bloodroot paste. The effects of the bloodroot were ... alarming, but it seems to have (mostly) done the job. I captured almost daily photos of Izzy's sheath to show how dramatic the treatment turned out to be. One or two of the photos are quite ugly, so zoom past those if you're squeamish.
As painful and uncomfortable as the process seemed, I rode Izzy through it all. Dr. Tolley agreed that exercise was probably a good thing as it increased blood flow to the area. I am not convinced that the sarcoid is gone as there is a small bump where the sarcoid started, but Dr. Tolley recommended that we leave it alone for a few months. It might be scar tissue or dead tissue that has not yet finished healing.
If indeed the sarcoid is still there, Dr. Tolley had a few other suggestions for removing it. I'll let you know next fall what we decide to do. For now, it's business as usual.
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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