From Endurance to Dressage
Since we were just talking about the cost of keeping horses, I thought I'd figure out exactly how much each of Speedy's bandages is costing me.
I'll go from the inside out. I start with a Hydrophilic Foam Pad. Those bad boys are not cheap. Each one runs approximately $3.30, and I use one per leg.
I soak each pad in saline solution which was $4.00 a bottle. Each pad uses a quarter of the bottle so that puts the cost of the saline solution at $1.00 per soaked pad.
The next piece of the bandaging system is the cotton web roll. The rolls that I am using aren't your typical cotton ball type roll. These things have a waffle-like texture that gives them a lot of loft and stability. They'd better be fabulous because I am paying approximately $3.16 per roll, and I use an entire roll for each leg.
The final layer is vet wrap or co-flex or whatever I found cheapest. Since I bought mine from the Riding Warehouse with a hefty discount, each roll was $1.56.
So what do we have?
But seriously, $9.00 leg? I have to find a cheaper hobby.
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
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Shows Schedule
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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