From Endurance to Dressage
Endurance riders often call endurance trips, Endurance Driving. Most races are not held in our hometowns. They're often in the next county, or more frequently several states aways! California is a rather large state, so I didn't need to leave it vey often to compete, but I rarely attended an endurance event that was closer than two hours to my home. It was quite common for me to drive three to six hours on Friday afternoon in order to arrive at base camp with time to check in with the ride manager and present my horse for the pre-race vet check.
I nearly always traveled to endurance rides alone. I would often meet up with a friend who was expecting me, and I would phone my husband and let him know when I had arrived at camp. But essentially, the traveling was always just me alone. Hauling a twenty-seven foot trailer with live cargo over steep mountains and through heavy freeway traffic can be a daunting experience. Doing it alone, even more so. But I realized that if I didn't "master" the art of hauling, I wasn't going to go anywhere!
Now that I am showing, my endurance hauling experience is proving to be very beneficial. While I haven't traveled nearly as far for showing, it's still nice to feel confident about the hauling experience as I drive to a show, park, and unload. Feeling confident about the hauling part eases some of the stresses and nervousness that showing can cause.
And so ... This is the start of yet another series of posts. I have several others going as well: Riding Figures, Endurance Photos, Gizmos, and My Horses (the story of each horse I've owned). And of course in between those posts are other posts about my training and showing experiences, vet and health issues, and other random horsey things that inspire me.
The first two posts in this series were written before I realized that a series was in the works. The first was about trailer maintenance, or rather, how my husband fixed my trailer's flat tire. You'll find that one here. The second was a short video showing how Speedy self-loads onto the trailer. You'll find that one here.
Heading across the desert with no traffic - easy driving!
To make this post actually about trailering your horse, my first bit of advice for the novice driver is this: if you don't actually get in the driver's seat and practice, you'll never get good at it.
So ... practice driving, practice loading, and get traveling!
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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