From Endurance to Dressage
Sorry for Friday's radio silence, but I had an unexpected colonoscopy. I can see your eyebrows raised now. This will be marginally equine related - I think.
Two months ago, I was having some weird stomachs issues, so after an emergency room visit, I saw my regular doctor who referred me for an endoscopy. I actually considered taking a bit of Izzy's GastroElm - it couldn't hurt. Instead, I did the endoscopy. On Monday, while I was getting the results - fatty liver and gall bladder that doesn't like greasy food anymore, I stupidly mentioned to the gastroenterologist that I was slightly overdue for a colonoscopy and would she write me a referral. She practically rubbed her hands in glee.
Right this way she said as she escorted me to the scheduling desk. I mentioned that I am a teacher and was starting school in a few days, so the appointment would need to be in a few months. She saw right through that delay tactic and asked what day I had to be at work. When I replied, Monday, she said that meant that Friday would be perfect. Well, crap. Literally.
I told you this was TMI Monday. So that's where I was on Friday. I don't know how horses feel when the vet reaches in there and takes a fecal sample, but I can now empathize. Can you imagine what the prep would look like if horses had to completely empty their digestive tracts overnight?
We'd need a bigger muck cart, that's for sure.
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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