From Endurance to Dressage
After much consideration and an honest evaluation of my finances, I decided to forgo the MRI. I would have really liked to know for sure which injury Speedy has, but only the more expensive MRI would have told me that for sure. Dr. Judy was very understanding of the fact that I have a limited budget so he detailed a treatment plan based on the information he had.
If it's an abscess (he hoped he was wrong about a CL injury), it will more than likely blow out at some future point. I am hopeful, but I recognize that diagnosis is seeming less likely.
A bone bruise would be the best diagnosis, but since it would heal more quickly than an injury to the collateral ligament, I am going to follow the more conservative protocol for the CL injury. A bone bruise would remodel within about two months, making the area even stronger than before. The only treatment is hand walking with no under saddle work for two months.
A CL injury is often caused by a twisting motion. Horses can suffer this injury simply by playing vigorously in their stalls or during turnout. It is distinctly possible that Speedy damaged his CL in his paddock. He has a small track carved out where he paces and then whirls in the corners. It's a large space and he uses every inch of it for play. For now, we've closed his paddock down to about 10 x 16 feet. As with the abscess, I am hopeful that it is a bone bruise, but I will treat him as though it truly is the CL.
So what's the treatment? Here is Dr. Judy's conservative discharge Instructions:
Continued tomorrow ...
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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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