From Endurance to Dressage
You know, I pride myself on being able to buy just about anything that I need or want, within reason. I don't skimp on my tack or leather purchases, and I buy breeches and riding tops whenever I feel like it. I don't go totally wild, as I do watch my pennies, but I am not broke either. I guess that's one good thing about middle age.
Slight pause … oh, hell! At 43, I think I really am middle-aged. Well that kind of sucks.
So, I am a little embarrassed at the condition of this particular item, which I finally replaced over the weekend.
This is my last remaining trailer hay bag. The others have long since been chucked due to wear and tear. But since I rarely haul two horses any more, one bag has been sufficient. And to look at it, it still looks quite functional. Let's turn it around.
Yes, this is the back of the hay bag, and no, there is not supposed to be a huge, gaping hole on this side. And even worse, this hole has been there for at least three years. You can see how I have attempted to repair the hole. And even more embarrassing, this is the third or fourth repair job.
Yes, that IS duct tape holding together my show pony's hay bag. We are a real class act when we hit the road!
I finally reached the I can't stand it anymore phase and ordered a new hay bag. It's not that I am cheap or broke, but I simply can't find hay bags that are of a design that I really like. And in truth, the one I bought isn't going to last very long. All of my hay bags have come from endurance vendors, but the one above was made by someone long since retired.
I like the shape of this one; it was easy to fill and the eating hole is a good size. What I don't like is how thin the material is and how flimsy the mesh is. I am pretty sure that someone is going to tear a new hole in this one pretty quickly, and it will probably be me. I like to shove my hay bags to CAPACITY.
For now, it will certainly work, but I am suddenly inspired to start searching for a PAIR of hay bags that suit my (very picky) needs, whatever the price.
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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