From Endurance to Dressage
I am going to an early evening schooling show on Sunday afternoon, maybe. Speedy whacked his hind leg and it puffed up on Friday morning. He's not lame, but it is filled. I hand walked him twice Friday morning and each time the filling came down a little bit only to puff back up once he was standing still.
I think he whacked it on Thursday morning while I had Sydney over at the neighbor's place grazing. These photos would be 24 hours post whack.
I checked him again this afternoon and the filling was still there, but after a ten minute turnout, the filling was gone. He ran around like a lunatic for the better part of an hour and his leg was clean and tight when I put him away (after a thorough hose down).
I don't ride until 4:30 on Sunday so I am hoping that gives him time to heal up. I am not worried about the abrasion, it's minor. What concerns me is the filling. As long as it is mostly gone by Sunday, we'll go. If not, we stay home.
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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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