From Endurance to Dressage
That's More Like It!
I really want to tell you about Saturday's vet visit since it was actually quite interesting, but in an effort to show gratefulness to the Universe and her friends, I'd better give a big thank you first.
After sharing my litany of equine problems yesterday, I drove out to the barn prepared for more. To my surprise, nobody was broken, torn up, or limping. The first really good thing I saw was this.
Big deal, right? Except what I noticed was shiny nails. Shiny nails mean new shoes. But in this case, it just meant that my super great farrier was out to reset the shoe that Izzy bent while on the way home from the vet. For context, scroll down to the bottom of yesterday's post. You don't know, or maybe you do, what a load that simple thing took off my shoulders.
I didn't really want to ride with a sprung shoe as Izzy has trouble keeping them on while he's standing quietly. Riding with a shoe that had a 1 inch gap between the shoe and his foot would have been asking for trouble. So, I rode! Since he also needs to see the chiropractor - I am trying to get an appointment, but our schedules aren't lining up, I've been just hacking around the neighborhood. Three days of that and Izzy is starting to relax. I definitely see more of those rides in the next few weeks.
So what else do I need to be thankful for?
I hate to even complain about how cold it's been here as some of you would be celebrating temps in the 40s, but we had a day last week that never got above 49. It was awful. I don't know how some of you do it, and I am not being sarcastic. You guys are tough. It was actually painful, particularly so since I've been bandaging and scrubbing Speedy's wounds with ice cold fingers. Not yesterday!
But of course, the Universe also has a sense of humor. So while it was warm and sunny allowing me to both bandage Speedy without being in pain and ride Izzy for a half an hour, the Universe just couldn't leave well enough alone.
It has literally been freezing cold, and I mean temps in the high 20s, so where did the flies come from? Funny, Universe, really funny!
2/27/2019 05:45:41 am
I know, Amanda, I hate to even complain about the weather, but for us, it has been unusually cold. I can now empathize with riders who need to medicate or treat horses in the early morning cold, especially when there is no water because of frozen lines. Yuck!
2/26/2019 08:14:32 am
Same here in Germany - 70F and BUGS. Two honey bees attacked me today, and one died in the trough !!???
2/27/2019 05:46:26 am
It is definitely weird to see spring so suddenly, but most years, that's how it arrives in the Central Valley of CA.
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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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