From Endurance to Dressage
There are days when I think that I should wear a helmet the second I arrive at the barn - even when I am not riding. Saturday was one of those days.
After I had ridden both horses and they were both tucked away, I puttered around, finishing my chores. As I was rinsing feed buckets, the last thing I do before I leave for the day, I remembered that I wanted to daub a little Equiderma Skin Lotion on a one of Izzy's pasterns.
He was slurping up his beet pulp as I walked up to him. I shook the bottle a few times to mix it up and then leaned down to feel his pastern. The next thing I knew, the world went black. When I next opened my eyes, I was lying in the dirt rubbing my head.
It took me a minute to figure out what had happened. I think I startled Izzy when I touched him, and he must have spooked hard enough to knock me into the pipe fencing, bashing my head into the pole. I laid in the dirt for quite a few minutes boohooing as I checked my scalp for blood. My neck hurt and so did my head. Poor Izzy stared at me lying in the dirt with a very worried look on his face.
After making sure that nothing was broken, I sent a text to my husband explaining why I wouldn't be picking up lunch on my way home. When I walked in the front door, he had an ice pack and some ibuprofen waiting for me. After icing, I took a two hour nap and even went to bed early.
I spent the rest of the weekend gently probing my skull, checking on the tenderness. It hurts enough this morning that even my sun hat caused me some discomfort. I am on my way to the barn this morning. Before I saddle up, I am going to check to see if I can even wear my helmet. No helmet means no riding.
See what I mean about needing a helmet while not riding? Like they say, it's not if we'll get hurt but when ... Sheesh.
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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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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