From Endurance to Dressage
Yes. That is definitely a pool noodle and some car tires. I doubt the pool noodle will last the night (it didn't), but for $3.50, it was worth it. The car tires were free. Believe it or not, he actually drags them around.
Izzy started to cause some real trouble for my barn owner by digging some serious holes. He dug down so deeply that he found the water lines. The first time he did it, we were able to cover the hole with his water trough. For a while, his holes just revealed dirt, but he eventually found the water line again and broke it. Miraculously, that line was dead, but the one immediately beneath it was not.
My barn owners didn't want to take any chances. They filled the hole and kicked Izzy out. Not to worry, he actually got upgraded to a roomier stall and paddock which we hoped would allow him to burn off some of his excess energy. In case you're wondering, he gets ridden and/or turned out daily. Twenty-four hour turnout isn't a possibility.
Unfortunately, the hole digging began again which required me to come up with some new toys. That's where the tires come in. I've also started to throw his "free feed" hay (right now a coarse and stemmy three-grain hay) out in the paddock so that it more closely resembles grazing. I had been throwing it inside near his cube bucket, but this seemed a more playful solution.
I've also ordered a 55-gallon industrial plastic drum for him to roll around which I am picking up this afternoon. Now that he has a much larger paddock, he has room to kick and roll around a toy as big as a barrel. It was pretty pricey, so I hope it will hold up to his shenanigans.
I am telling you, this is the most destructive "puppy" I've ever owned. None of our hole-digging, hose demolishing, plant-eating Labrador Retrievers have anything on this horse!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: