From Endurance to Dressage
The ranch lost one of its old guys on Friday night. Gator was 27 and had lived a long and productive life. Even so, it's always sad to see them go.
Gator had been fighting a pretty nasty infection behind his eye, but the abcess had since drained and he should have been feeling better. The ranch owners had done everything possibe to make him more comfortable, including moving him to a grass pasture to entice his appetite. Even that didn't help.
On Friday afternoon, he laid down and seemed to say he'd had enough. The vet came out and euthanized him below one of the Sycamore trees. He was buried the next morning.
Each time we read about one of these noble animals moving on, we're always reminded of the horses we've each lost. Horses, and dogs too, are such soul companions that, even when they're not our own, their loss is still felt so accutely.
So today, I say goodbye to Gator and wish him a happy life as he crosses the rainbow bridge. I hope my own horses and dogs greeted him warmly and asked how I've been. While Gator will be missed here at the ranch, he has earned an eternity of warm sunshine and fields of green.
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
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