From Endurance to Dressage
Despite having that ugly wound on his heel/pastern, I took Izzy out this weekend for several walking rides. He's getting bored, and a bored Izzy is not a good thing. Even though that wound is still ugly (but definitely improving), he's not lame on it, and it doesn't seem particularly sore. He lets me scrub it pretty vigorously, and even when bandaging it he acts ho-hum about the whole thing. He's usually trying to grab my phone out of my back pocket or lick my head.
Besides wanting to keep him from hurting himself again out of boredom, I'm still working on getting him happy about our new hitching rail. I am also trying to tweak the system, but Izzy's getting much more comfortable in the new space. Once he was tacked up, I used the mounting block down at the barn and rode up to the arena. The one thing I did notice was that his walk was very fluid and relaxed. His stride was longer, and I am hoping that it's a result of the work we did a week or so ago on my saddle fit.
We didn't work long, just 10 -15 minutes each time, but I was happy with how good he felt. He wasn't lame at all, and he seemed really happy to stretch down. All we did was walk, but I knew that was plenty. He was feeling me in my newly adjusted saddle for the first time, so I wanted to make sure he was comfortable with the changes that were made. I don't want to aggravate the wound on his foot, but it might be healed enough for some light work this weekend.
For now, even walking is riding.
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
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2023 Show Season
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