From Endurance to Dressage
Over the weekend, Speedy got to do what Speedy likes to do best, trail ride! That boy thinks he's King of the Road especially when he gets to go with one of the mares. For this ride, we went with the ranch owner and her mare All In, Alli for short.
While we can ride through the neighborhood, we prefer the route though the old golf course and cherry orchard. For the first loop we rode along the golf course, but then we made the circle again, this time cutting through the orchard. Once we got back to the ranch, we also circled down along the river where we let the horses graze for a bit.
I used the Equilab app because it's fun to see the route, but I also love all of the other features. The app tracks all kinds of things about your ride. For this ride, we walked for 30 minutes with 1 minute of trotting. And despite feeling like we rode a fair amount, the loop was only 1.9 miles.
One of my favorite features of the app is that tracks turns which is really helpful in the arena. I like to make sure I am working both directions equally. Out on the trail, there weren't many turns, but it looks like we turned left slightly more often which would be accurate as we rode the loop counter clockwise.
Speedy doesn't need to be ridden very often, especially if it's in the arena, but trail rides are actually great for him, and in his opinion, the more the better.
I hear you, dude! Trail rides are fun.
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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