From Endurance to Dressage
Last month, I wrote about needing to address the vitamin and mineral deficiencies in my horses' feed. My vet offered several suggestions, including his own formula that was created to balance what was missing in our local hay. After trying my vet's formula for the past month, I decided to go ahead and give Platinum Performance a try. I wrote about that decision here.
A few days after speaking with the good folks over at Platinum Performance, I received this note.
Before we went on vacation, Heather Elliot, my Platinum Advisor, scheduled delivery of a free sample of their product. A few days after being home, I was surprised by not just one box from Platinum Performance, but two.
When I unpacked the boxes, I was shocked to find not just a "sample" of Platinum, but a 60-day supply. Along with the supplement, Heather also included a full tub of Platinum Bar EQ, the same formula as in the daily supplement but made in a portable bar.
This company must be incredibly confident in their product. The 17.5 lb. bucket of Platinum Performance sells for $101, and the 22-count tub of bars retails for $64. That's a lot of "samples" considering that I am under no obligation to reorder. As of right now, as long as my horses don't have a negative reaction, I am willing to give the supplement a six-month trial period.
I've already started Izzy on the supplement. In a few weeks, when BVH's mineral supplement is gone, I'll switch Speedy over to Platinum Performance too. After researching the bars, I discovered that they would be excellent to feed after lessons and while at shows. At nearly $3 a bar, they're not really something I can afford to feed every day.
I tried to give Izzy a bar after our lesson yesterday, but after a nibble, he gave me the "ew, weird and different" face. He's a picky eater though, so I am not surprised. He generally needs to be presented with new things several times before he digs in. I saved the part of the bar that Speedy didn't scarf down. If I offer it to Izzy over a few days, he'll probably get on board. Speedy's already sold!
I'll keep you posted.
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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