From Endurance to Dressage
Thanks to living in one of the hottest places on Earth, my boys have lost nearly all their hair. There is just enough to cover the skin, barely - it's almost like a full body comb over.
As the show season winds down, I am desperately trying to keep Speedy's hair on his body. Each time I groom him, I pull a few more hairs to the ground. I've started noticing that all of his many scars are showing themselves.
Some of them I remember, but most illicit the where'd you get THAT one?!?! response. I am trying to keep him show presentable, but it's getting harder by the day. Izzy is no better. Not only is he also dropping hair like a tree loses leaves in Autumn, but his coat has faded to a color that I no longer recognize.
I like to use a rubber jelly scrubber to lift off the dirt and gunk, but there's not enough hair on either boy for the scrubber to scrub. I hardly even need to use a brush - their hair is that thin.
It's not like I am looking forward to winter, but I'll be happy when their winter coats start growing in. At least they won't look like I am beating them with sharp objects.
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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.
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