From Endurance to Dressage
While I am watching my spending - and by watching I mean watching my money stay in the bank, there are still things that must be purchased. With summer just about here, I gritted my teeth and stocked up on a few things.
Fly spray is like buying underwear. You have to have it, and you can't buy the crappy, cheap kind because they either fall apart, in the case of undies, or it just doesn't work; that would be the fly spray. I would rather spend sixty-five bucks on just about anything else though, like these. For where I live, Pyranha works better than just about anything else. On top of that, I have to be careful to avoid products that cause hives. Speedy is very thinned skin, so while I use hardly any fly spray on him, I have to be sure it doesn't cause an allergic reaction. Both of my boys tolerate Pyranha with no adverse reactions. -$$$
The second thing I had to buy was a new bottle of Canter Mane & Tail. My friend Valerie turned me on to this stuff last year. While I still use and love Knotty Horse, it's expensive. The Canter product smells heavenly and works even better than it smells. I find that it really does last for several days. Maybe not the two weeks it says it does, but it is longer lasting than most other conditioner/detanglers that I've tried. Even though it's cheaper than Knotty horse, it's not as cheap as Mane n' Tail, which I use when I need a daily detangler. For this purchase, I bought only the Canter, although I do like to use all three products, depending on the day. -$$
The last thing I threw in was a new hay net. Izzy's has several huge holes which I've stitched back together with baling twine. And no, I am not making that up. For $8.95. I figured I could splurge on a new hay net. Izzy is not the most relaxed horse on the planet, so I have found that keeping a filled hay net where I tack up keeps him busy and relaxed which makes grooming and saddling a much easier affair. However, it means that my hay net takes a beating. This one was pretty cheap, and it has the smaller holes that I find safer to use than the old style nets with hoof sized holes, perfect for getting a hoof through. -$
I know Izzy appreciates the fly spray more than I like new breeches, so that should bring me some happiness. (It doesn't.)
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%
2022 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2022 Show Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(*) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
2022 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2 Scores/1 Judges/60%: