From Endurance to Dressage
The least important: I was flipping through Dressage Letters, the monthly magazine of the California Dressage society when I saw this ... (Sorry it's not more clear.)
I didn't actually write to the magazine; I really just sent an email to the CDS office with my question, and they thought it relevant enough to print. While it's not in the photo, CDS's answer was printed below.
And then, more important to me than anyone else, I am officially at 12 pounds lost. If you happened to catch my post a few weeks ago, you'll know that I am on a mission to rid myself of the junk that has accumulated in my trunk. I am happy to report that the pounds have been melting away, too slowly for my tastes, but at least they're going. My ultimate goal would be to lose 10 more. There are a lot of foods that I miss, but it's been great to wear clothes that I thought were lost forever!
On to the more important stuff ... my farrier arrived at the crack of dawn yesterday to fix my boys' flat tires. Sydney got a new shoe. My farrier's comment was that he was impressed Sydney could even pull a shoe with clips. He gets those suckers on there pretty good, I know. Sydney must have stepped on it just right.
My farrier, the World's Greatest, confirmed that it was definitely Speedy G's right front that was causing the lameness. He also trotted him out on the asphalt and verified that the lameness was worse as the surface hardened. He pulled the shoe and discovered a very small pebble wedged between the shoe and Speedy's hoof. He cleaned up the foot, replaced the shoe, and had him move out. The farrier thought Speedy looked more sound, but he was still lame.
I stopped by after work and was relieved to see Speedy goofing off in his stall. My barn owner said that once the farrier left, Speedy was rearing and doing circus tricks; he obviously felt better. I took him for a hand jog and am certain that he is hugely improved. He was nearly sound at the trot on grass, but still head bobbing lame at the trot on asphalt. I also put him on a very long lunge line in the arena where he enthusiastically (and voluntarily) bucked and cantered for several minutes. He hasn't even wanted to walk this past few days.
Having ridden endurance horses for many years over pretty tough footing, my experience tells me that when a lameness presents itself on hard surfaces, the lameness is generally related to a tender foot. Abscesses don't usually improve so rapidly simply by replacing a shoe. He may abscess as a result of the pebble being wedged in there for several days, but I do not think he has an abscess right this minute. I am pretty sure the pebble was the source of his discomfort.
I'll just have to keep my eye on him over the weekend. I expect the lameness to fade over the next few days, but just in case it is something else, I know my vet will be able to help me sort it out.
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
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%