To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Still kickin' – and stylin'!

I haven't been on the computer much the last couple weeks so I could enjoy my visiting family, but I have been riding. Right now we're experiencing that most precious and fleeting of seasons – Indian Summer – so I'm "making hay while the sun shines"!

Tuesday I took a lesson from Julie, and she thought Lance has made a LOT of progress since she last saw us. We worked in shoulder fore quite a bit to get Lance straighter, and, as always, on keeping Lance's energy up. Julie kindly calls Lance an "energy-conserver." ;-) We have another lesson scheduled in two weeks; hopefully we'll show another goodly amount of progress then!

Yesterday evening, Lance had great energy. He was feeling pretty foxy to start with; perhaps he was pleased with the stunt he pulled off earlier. (Maybe he didn't like stinky sheep as next-stall neighbors!) He also seemed to enjoy a little "herding work" – my son mouthed off and was refusing to go do something I had told him to, so I took out after him on horseback. That got both my son and Lance in gear! ha

Recently I really scored on eBay. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a pair of Ariat paddock boots to replace the pair I'm wearing out, and in doing so, ran across these –
– a new-in-box pair of Ariat Westchester zip dress boots. When I won the auction for $139 (including shipping), I practically flipped; the retail price on these is over $400! I have wanted a pair of zippered Ariat dress boots for two decades (seriously), but settled for a pair of used Cavallos that have served me well. These Ariats should last me the rest of my competitive life – and do so in boot-jack-free comfort and style!


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Mary Ann said...

Wow! A STEAL!!! Good for you!

Laura said...

I used to herd rude dogs with my horse, and you and I both turned around some recalcitrant cows on horseback. Good on ya! Great score on the boots! I only have tall winter boots (which will come in handy very soon), but since I don't show, it's no big! Great on your progress - you guys are awesome!