From Endurance to Dressage
When You Can't Stand it Any Longer
I'll admit that I fall somewhere down the middle when it comes to grooming. I don't use products and every brush in my arsenal every day. I also don't just swipe their backs and saddle up. My grooming routine could probably be classified as clinical. My daily grooming is really to check for hidden cuts or scrapes and to monitor my horses' general health.
Every once in a while though, my hidden beauty queen rears her head and insists that my boys are looking a little unkempt and scruffy. And then it's on.
After repeatedly wrestling Speedy's bridle through the jungle of mane that seemed to spurt up overnight, I finally pulled out my clippers and took a little off the top. I just couldn't stand it a moment longer. And when I was done, all of 5 minutes later, I felt so much better. Why is it that something so satisfying takes me so much mental energy to accomplish?
And of course, since I had the clippers out, a task that takes two minutes, Izzy's bit of a five o-clock shadow got cleaned up too.
For some reason though, trimming Izzy's bridle path isn't nearly as satisfying as doing Speedy's. It must have something to do with that Arabian neck and head.
Work has been really stressful this past month. Cleaning something up, even if it's just a bridle path, gives me at least a sense of being in control. Bring it on, October. My ducks are in a row.
Sometimes, it's the little things.
10/1/2019 07:12:02 am
The little things are great. Like mine, right now, is that I can finally put a rain sheet on my guy so I don't have to de-mud/dirt/dust him as hard. :D
11/24/2019 06:31:55 am
Any thing that cuts down on chores is a win in my book!
10/1/2019 11:43:19 am
When I was a little girl, I knew someone who had a pony. One day I was invited to come ride the pony, named Cinnamon. I was so grateful I took out all my crayons and drew an image of Cinnamon.
11/24/2019 06:33:07 am
Funny story, Lytha. Bummer about the clippers. Mine are over 20 years old, so I am waiting for the day they don't start right up.
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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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