From Endurance to Dressage
This is part of an ongoing series of posts about trailering. If you're an old hand at hauling horses, please chime in!
Today's post is about common safety practices before hauling. Every single time I haul my horses, I do a super quick safety check which includes the following:
The more routine we can make our hauling experience, the less likely we are to forget something. Every once in a while I'll hit the brakes and think, did I put Speedy in the trailer? So far I haven't made that mistake! There have been others but not that particular one. Just last month I lost a pocket knife because my "walk around" wasn't as thorough as it should have been. Another time I drove off with my bale of hay sitting beside the trailer. I was quite surprised when I got to the endurance ride we were doing, and I had no hay!
Safety Tip #1: Always do a walk around.
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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