Monday, August 2, 2021

Life is Short, Wear the Damn Boots

Last Monday was disgustingly hot, but the weather forecast for the rest of the week was even worse, so I sucked it up and rode anyway. Sometime on Sunday I had gotten a weird urge to try on an old pair of Petries that were hanging out in my tack shed (listed in this post as my show boots -- have I shown since 2017? Probably not. Oops), and with the assistance of some boot pulls, I actually got them on. It was dicey, and I had to wrestle them off with a bootjack, but I got them on. They're literally so old they're pull ons, no zipper. I got them.... a while ago, with the intention of them being my "special occasion" (so shows and clinics mostly) boots, and then promptly stopped showing or clinicing. And then the quaran-fifteen had my calves too wide for anything besides my super stretchy mountain horse schoolers, so I was bitter. I've been slowly chipping away at those pounds and since I could actually get the boots on, I decided LIFE was the special occasion, and I decided to ride in them. Was this a good decision when it was 90+ degrees? Possibly not, but when do I make good decisions?

Ruby, already unamused by my shit and I hadn't even haltered her yet. 

"But literally why though it's hotter than Satan's asshole"

Me taking photos and sending them to friends to be accountable hahaha. 

LIFE IS SHORT, WEAR THE DAMN BOOTS. 

I had a plan for the ride -- warm up at the walk in the Equiband ab band, and then just a quick walk/trot only ride making sure all the buttons we worked so hard on on Saturday were still there. And Ruby ACED it. She gave absolutely zero fucks about the warm up in the ab band, and then she showed up to work in the trot work. I had been itching to ask DH to come out and get some media, but his back was out when he got home from work so he spent the whole ride sitting on the couch icing his back, sad day. I guess maybe I could have busted out the Pivo but it didn't cross my mind until too late, oh well. 

Did I even ride if I don't take garbage mirror selfies? lol


There were definitely a few points where she really wanted to anticipate the canter, so we just used those as times to work on that half halt (and in some cases, actual halts!). I felt really good about where we ended it, after only about 25 minutes due to the heat and the fact that we're both still gradually getting there in terms of fitness. 

Really tired of my shit at this point haha. 

We're working on her letting me wash her face without histrionics. 

She gives me a lot of dirty looks. 

After a lot of soul-searching last week and being in my own head too much and having friends talk me down off a ledge, I narrowed down a list of dressage instructors and reached out to my first choice last week -- I've got a lesson scheduled for this Saturday!

10 comments:

  1. Oooooo!!! Yay for lessons!
    Glad things are going well, and I support wearing the damn boots!

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    1. I figured wearing the boots would be advice you'd give me 😆

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  2. "... and being in my own head too much ..." We reach. I live there.

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    1. I would say welcome but you're in your own head and I'm in my own head 🤣 it's good to have a solid group of friends around to pull you out of there sometimes! 😁

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  3. I'm so impressed you got those on AND off! When it gets hot I swear my legs suction my boots to my fucking flesh lol. And yayyy for a lesson!!

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    1. Wearing super thin boot socks over the top of my tights seems to be doing the trick, I'm not sure I could manage in actual breeches 🤣

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  4. Yay for upcoming lesson!!! Also, I LOVE your riding tights - and totally agree with wearing the boots :D

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    1. I impulse bought those earlier this year when Dublin ran them on sale, and I have zero regrets 😍 they're my favorite pair of tights to ride in

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  5. This reminds me that I don't think I've worn my nice boots a single time this year. That's depressing... maybe time to change that...

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