To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Lance's new shoes
The Cavallo Simple Boots I ordered Tuesday arrived Friday. They look rather big and clunky out of the box, but on Lance's front feet they rather look like sneakers for horses!
We took them for a short test ride around the hill yesterday. As advertised, they are easy to put on – so easy, in fact, that I managed to get one on crooked. After fixing that, I led Lance out of the barn, expecting some comical high-stepping from the unfamiliar contraptions. Nope. He didn't seem to mind them in the least, and traveled naturally throughout our ride, in all gaits. Better than naturally, actually, because there was zero ouchiness on gravel, which I didn't avoid as I usually do. When I removed the boots at the end of the ride, he had some roughed-up hair on his heels, but nothing more. I am hoping that with the recommended break-in, even that will go away and the boots will be a comfortable, more economical alternative to iron shoes.