2013 Memories

2013 Memories

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Opinions needed!

First I will start with how the clinic went this past weekend before we get to the fun "how much money should I spend on which one" question ;)

Although I was not able to ride in Jessica Wisdoms clinic I did go and audit all 5 rides and picked up some cool exercises.  Even though watching makes you want to ride even more it was also fun to see the transformations in each horse by the end of lesson. Watching her teaching style has made me even more excited to ride with her. She adapts super well from rider to rider and has several different exercises or ways to explaining a concept to help each rider better understand what she was getting at.  You could tell how she would feel out each riders way of learning in the first 10 minutes and change her way of teaching from then on out. Pretty cool! Since most of the horses were more green beans most of the exercises Pony can already do profiecently but it was cool to learn why she was having the riders do the exercises and to see how it translated to the overall picture that each rider was trying to achieve. I did also get to see our dressage trainer ride and although we are no where near their level I could related to their underlying problems, such as straightness, and how it effects every single movement as you go up the levels. I am looking forward to riding with her when she comes back in May, especially since we will actually be more on our game then anyways. For the mean time I am SUPER pumped to get back to lessons with our dressage trainer next week. We need a solid butt kicking!

On a super fun note... I won a contest on Facebook! I never win any contests which is probably why I am so competitive when winning is up to me Haha! We won $95 worth of our favorite EquiFuse products. Im telling you, if you want not only a gorgeously beautiful clean horse but also for them to smell heavenly you need to try these. I will have to do a whole post on them sometime because, yes, they are that amazing!
Our winning picture :)

Now to the hard part! I am going to look into getting new Ariat tall boots this spring. Through my work I get an amazing discount on them, the only problem is that they do not make mens dress boots (I really need a mens height, even women tall is too short). So, do I just stick with women dress boots and have them short or go to a mens field boot? I don't know that I feel ride riding at recognized dressage shows at potentially third level (sometime in our future) in field boots. Is that too picky?!
Monoco field boots (I thought I posted the dress ones but guess not. I would get these but in the dress boots, not field!):

Westchester dress boot:
The Monocos are quite a bit more expensive but with my discount it would still be a steal for them. I think that because they both have the high cut spanish tops it may help them look taller on my legs then my current ones. Personally I am a fan of the Monocos but if they are just the better of two evils (fit wise) Im not sure I want to spend more to get them! What do you guys think?


8 comments:

  1. If it were me I'd stick to dress boots over field boots, even if they are a bit shorter. I really doubt ANYone analyzes the height of your boots during a dressage test; you *might* notice in photos after the fact.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is true. Its totally a "me" thing as far as noticing it.

      Delete
  2. As someone who also struggles with getting a boot tall enough, I say definitely go with a Spanish top. Even when they drop a bit, they still look longer than they are.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It looks like it could work better! Still deciding if I could handle a square toe though. Who does that for english tall boots?!

      Delete
  3. Meh, I ride Third Level in field boots. They were cheap, they are what I could afford. No one has ever commented. I'm not sure anyone really noticed?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true, I think we think about it more then people notice!

      Delete
  4. Get which fits the best and makes you happy!

    ReplyDelete