From Endurance to Dressage
Spring Show Continued …
I gave myself permission to NOT go to the barn on Thursday. I reasoned that if Speedy G was lame, he didn’t need turn-out. And if he was just sore, I didn’t want to turn him out and have him go all wild and crazy and make anything worse.
I spent Thursday replacing the worried thoughts with healthier ones. And if a healthy thought wasn’t to be had, I simply slammed the door on the “what if” thoughts and kept myself busy. As I knew would happen, I started to feel more relaxed about Speedy and was genuinely okay with scratching from the show. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, my pony was not experiencing a career-ending injury, and this too would soon be a forgotten memory.
On Friday, I went out to the barn and put Speedy G back on the lunge line. He trot out in a gait that was typical for a hot day at dinner time. He looked even in both directions, but I still wasn’t sure. I went to dinner with Cha Ching’s mom that evening and she suggested that I just decide about the show the next morning. For those who know me, they’ll understand what a wildly crazy notion that was for me. Wait until two hours before the show before I decided to go or not? Preposterous! But that is what I did.
After getting home from dinner, I threw my show clothes and boots into the back seat of the truck and drug out the ice-chest just in case. Then I went to bed.
Still not convinced that going to the show was the right choice, I got to the barn early on Saturday morning anyway. I am not a quitter, and I hate it when I sabotage myself. I was going to give this my best effort. I put Speedy G on the lunge line yet again and sent him around in both directions. He looked fine. I thought there might be some stiffness to the right, but I wasn’t sure. To see if I could loosen up the right side, I decided to do a few more stretches. Again he willingly gave lateral flexion and he seemed really relaxed. I picked up the right front leg and gave a gentle pull forward. I rocked the knee back and forth and was startled by a loud, POP!
In January, the chiropractor came and adjusted Speedy G in all the places you’d expect, loins, neck, and poll. He also found that Speedy’s knee was “out,” but it wasn’t a big deal. The knee that “popped” on Saturday was the same one that chiropractor had adjusted in January.
I was a bit startled to have given Speedy G an adjustment, but it didn’t seem to hurt him and he walked off just fine. Well, the decision to go to the show was made right then and there. I decided I was going to have to hurry though. I tucked Speedy G back into his stall, threw him some breakfast, and started hooking up the trailer. Within an hour I had the trailer loaded, Speedy G bathed, and his running braid finished. Thank goodness for long manes. There’s no way I would have had time for traditional braids!
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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