From Endurance to Dressage
My poor horse hates the heat. He's happy to work in it, but his skin just can't take it. Throughout all of the years that I have owned Izzy, his summer skin funk has been an issue. I have tried many, many topicals and a few feed-through remedies. Nothing has helped. The one thing that makes any difference at all is to hose off the sweat, and that only helps marginally.
The face funk - you can see it in the photo above, is right where his fly mask sits. If I leave the face mask off, the flies torment him and his eyes get a bit goopy. Pick your poison, right?
At the opposite end is the tail funk. No matter what kind of physical or chemical barrier I use, Izzy insists on rubbing out not just the hair from his tail, but the hair from his croup as well. His poor tail is so thin at the bottom that it barely works to shoo away the flies.
Izzy's mid-section hasn't fared any better. Both sides of his withers have big bald spots. For a bit, he even rubbed himself raw. His shoulders also have bald spots. The one part of his body that has no wounds is his back and girth area.
In the spring, as soon as the weather warmed up, I roached his mane. He hasn't let it grow back, but cutting it did seem to give him some relief. With a buzzed mane, he hasn't rubbed open sores like he has in the past. He does have some rubbed out spots along the edge of his mane, but at least they're not bleeding.
Over the weekend, I spotted a new rub. This one was across his butt check. It was scabbed over and crunchy. Now that the weather is cooling off and he can tolerate it, I am treating the bald and raw spots with a small smear of Zephyr's Garden Skin Rescue Salve. Now that he's itching lesss vigorously, the skin salve is helping.
I'll be glad when the weather cools off permanently. All of Izzy's hair will grow back in, including his mane and tail. And then, as soon as it gets hot again, he'll have it all rubbed out in days.
If it's not one thing, it's ten others!
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
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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