From Endurance to Dressage
I spend about $75 a month at the feed store. I don't always buy the same stuff, but it seems like the charge on my credit card is always about the same. This trip cost me $70.81 - a bargain.
I always buy at least one bag each, sometimes more, of rice bran pellets and beet pulp shreds. In the summer, there's always a bottle of fly spray, and occasionally, a bag of treats. Every so often I might also replace my Himalayan salt wheels.
The only thing missing would be some Scarlex Wound Dressing (mine is still good) and some Betadine Surgical Scrub (also still good). I buy my equine shampoo, saddle soap/conditioner, and dewormers online.
I buy my stall pellets twice a year at Home Depot or Tractor Supply by the pallet, so those don't really fit in my trunk. And while my boys eat alfalfa and/or cubes, my barn owner takes care of ordering those.
I know I tend to keep things simple, but my boys are healthy and fit. They just don't need anything else. And my while my feed store has a few tack related items, it's mostly just a feed store. In some ways, that's better. If they were a true tack store, my monthly bill would be a whole lot higher!
So what's in your trunk after a visit to the feed store?
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%