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!
Here is a safety feature that you might not have thought of to include when hauling your own horse.
I carry an emergency roadside kit. I am not saying I know how to use everything in it, but at least if I get help from a stranger, I might have the necessary item for that person to use to fix my problem. I also have a large tool kit inside the trailer that has most every tool invented, including a hammer!
My roadside kit includes jumper cables, and surprisingly, I've had to use them. My truck battery was fine, but a friend's battery died while at an endurance ride in a pretty remote part of the Mojave Desert. I am not ashamed to admit that I didn't know how to use them, but a friendly competitor did. We got my friend's truck started, and she made it home safely. The kit also has a mini air compressor (not sure it's strong enough to inflate a big tire), road flares, and other odds and ends.
It makes my husband feel slightly better that I have the kits, but the AAA card in my wallet makes him feel a whole lot better! And surprisingly, I've had to use that one, too!
Safety Tip #2: Carry tools and an emergency roadside kit.
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%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: