From Endurance to Dressage
I really should have titled this post "How to Protect Everything From Izzy." That boy is a destructive machine. We can't have anything even near his stall, and that includes rakes and wheelbarrows.
He's already dug a massive pit in his paddock and dragged a manure fork into his stall; I shared that already. Most recently, he has taken to banging up the barn for his entertainment. He loves to whack his feet on the rails of his stall. It's loud and obviously highly entertaining.
It's not so easy on his body though. After he a pulled a shoe the other weekend while playing in his paddock, I slipped on some bell boots. This is what they looked like the next morning ...
When I took Speedy for a hand walk the other day, I came back and noticed that Izzy had taken a chunk out of his heel bulb while he was hollering at us to come back! Since he tore off the bell boots, I didn't feel too sorry for him, but I realized I had better get him another pair.
A week or so ago, he also took a chunk out of the inside of his front leg, which means I've been using dressage boots when I work him on the lunge line. So now he gets dressage boots and removable bell boots for work.
A Facebook friend suggested that since his one hind leg is wrapped, it might be prudent to support the other leg with a wrap as well, so now he gets a polo wrap on the other leg.
I've got a pair of pull-on bell boots on the way. I hope I am not wasting my money, but right now, I can't afford to doctor yet another part of his body.
Where do I get jumbo rolls of bubble wrap?
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%