From Endurance to Dressage
This was not my intended post for the day, but a fellow blogger lost her equine pal yesterday, and it touched me more than I expected. I can't claim to know Aimee outside of the online world, but I followed her adventures with Cuna, and I feel her deep sense of loss. Her friend wrote a lovely tribute that could have been written for any of us who have loved and lost a horse. You can read it here.
If you've owned horses for any length of time, you've probably also had to let one go. Maybe to greener pastures, maybe to retirement, or maybe just to a home that isn't yours. I've lost two horses in my lifetime and let others go on with someone else. It's never easy.
I think Cuna's passing struck me more than most because it was at nearly this same time a few years ago that I lost my best and favorite horse, Montoya DSA. Like Cuna, she was also a big red horse with a long, white blaze who took me on an incredible journey. I hope Aimee's sadness passes quickly. Rest in Peace, Cuna; you will be greatly missed.
We're off to the cabin this weekend so you won't hear from me until Monday. Go hug or ride your own horses this weekend and give them an extra treat on Cuna's behalf; I hear he loved peppermints.
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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