From Endurance to Dressage
Slow Down Sunday
I finally took a day off from the barn. On Saturday, I woke up and just decided that the boys could live without me for a day. It was the first day I hadn't been out there all summer. I was right - they survived.
When I woke up on Sunday, I realized my motivation was still pretty low, but I dragged myself out there anyway. I decided that Speedy could use a day to just piddle around the neighborhood. I hate to use that excuse too often, but it had been a while since he had done something other than school, lesson, or show.
The neighborhood trail isn't much of a trail, but it's better than being stuck in the arena. Speedy's favorite parts of it are grazing the few grassy areas and visiting with the neighborhood horses.
We ended up bumping into Connie, a student of JL's, who was out walking her dog. I actually thought to ask her to take a quick picture to prove that Speedy wasn't out there completely on his own.
Connie tried to coax a somewhat more pleasant expression from the speedy pony, but this was the best he could muster.
As we were finishing up, Izzy saw us coming - I had turned him out at Laurel's. He didn't know we had left the barn, so when we came around the end of the property, I saw him give us the most confused look. It was almost as if he was saying, Wait! I think I know those guys! And when I called out a greeting to him, his ears pricked forward, and he came galloping toward us screaming, I do! I do know those guys!
8/4/2015 04:07:03 am
Aw ... thanks, Lauren. Nothing special - just our regular gear. The shirt is new, but by the end of the day it was looking pretty grimy. It cleaned up nicely though. :0)
8/4/2015 04:10:22 am
To me, he always looks like the same dorky dude that I bought 8 years ago. The only way I can see the difference is if I look at old photos. It's always nice to hear that your horse is developing a nicer form, so thank you! :0)
8/4/2015 10:28:18 am
LOL! While I love to trail ride, that's more in my past. Now my focus is so "laser beam" that I (erroneously) feel like trail work is a waste of time. Of course it's not, but there's so much to work on in the arena that when I am not there, I feel like time is being wasted. :0)
speedy looks so good! sounds like a really pleasant outing - i definitely try to mix things up a lot for my mare, between focused flat schools, jumping, and hacking out in the trails... still maybe haven't found the best balance for optimal dressage schooling but she hasn't gotten sour on me!
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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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