From Endurance to Dressage
I am sure I've shared this before, but I've been asked recently by a few different people which equine products I use. I am a pretty conservative person by nature. Even at home, my beauty and medical products are pretty limited. My daily routine doesn't include a lot of tubes and bottles, and my medical fixes are limited to soap and water, Neosporin, and band aids.
For the horses, I follow a pretty simple routine that is not very product rich. Here is my entire repertoire of tubes, bottles, and jugs.
For wounds that don't require a prescription:
To be consumed:
Electrolytes (and I'm picky about the brand - this is the same company that makes EnduraMax, the formula has been adapted for non-endurance work levels) and some kind of horse treats (whatever my feed store has at the time). Not pictured are free choice alfalfa hay, beet pulp, rice bran, and Himalayan salt rocks.
And that's it. There is nothing else that I put on or in my horses unless it is prescribed by the vet (dewormers are somewhat vet prescribed). Both of my boys are healthy and happy year round. They get an occasional scrape or cut, but their coats are soft and shiny, their hooves are hard and healthy, and their digestive systems hum along efficiently doing their jobs.
I've been considering feeding Platinum Performance for the better part of a year. I just have a hard time justifying the expense when my boys are doing great with no supplements at all. Until I make that decision, what you see pictured is all the "product" that my horses get.
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(*) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: