From Endurance to Dressage
Oh, Cinderella ...
An order from Riding Warehouse is coming my way ...
Since moving to the ranch less than a month ago, Izzy has pulled the same shoe twice. The first time, he pulled it cleanly off, and I was able to track it down easily. My farrier was in the area and was able to reset it that same day. This time, Izzy didn't pull the shoe off. Instead, he left half of it hanging on tightly.
As luck would have it, I discovered the wonky shoe while chatting with the ranch owner. As I gave it the stink eye and tapped it ineffectively with my hoof pick, she told me to hang on a second as she had a good pair of nippers that I could borrow.
The farrier always makes it look so easy. It took me a minute or ten, but I was finally able to pry the shoe off without tearing up the hoof wall. I thanked the ranch owner for the loan. I would have been out there forever with my hammer and hoof pick trying to get that thing off. She showed me where she keeps her farrier tools so that the next time I have a loose shoe, I'll know where to look.
With all of Izzy's new space, he's able to do a lot more zooming around. I am also hosing him off more frequently which has softened up his feet. Woo-hooing with soft feet is a good way to irritate your farrier. Izzy was due for shoes this week anyway, so I guess the timing was good.
8/24/2016 06:39:33 pm
Our soil is DRY, DRY, DRY which is good for feet but that daily hose off is just enough to soften them up. He got bell boots on tonight.
8/23/2016 06:00:14 am
Ugh, the trials and tribulations of shoes. Barefoot has a few advantages, that's for sure (and also plenty of disadvantages, lol!)
8/24/2016 06:40:37 pm
Speedy is barefoot and Izzy only has TWO SHOES!!! How hard can it be to keep just two on?!?!?! I wish he could go barefoot, but his feet aren't quite there yet.
8/24/2016 06:45:42 pm
He pulled them a lot earlier this year, but then he started keeping them on. My barn owner told me she saw him cantering laps in his turn out today. Sheesh, Dude!
My mare had to live 24 7 in bell boots last winter. And I worried when turned out in the deep muddy super large pasture with her freight train of a friend. Just a short period of the year though, and now in summer we're just fine.
8/24/2016 06:48:07 pm
HAHA - mud, what's that?!?! :0)
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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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