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 another safety feature that you might not have thought of to include, or do, when hauling your own horse.
I choose to travel with shavings. Not everyone subscribes to the shavings inside, though. This is definitely a personal preference kind of thing. For my trailer, it makes things safer.
The mats in this trailer have very little texture, and I discovered early on that when horses leave fresh manure piles or pee, the floor becomes very slick.
The shavings help absorb the moisture created by manure and urine which gives the horses a non-slippery surface to move around on. When traveling over curvy roads, and during loading/unloading, I feel that the horses need as stable a footing surface as possible.
And since shavings are stirred up while traveling, the horses wear fly masks to protect their eyes from the dust and debris that shavings can hold.
Safety Tip #6: Use shavings to eliminate slippery surfaces.
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
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%