From Endurance to Dressage
Crazy Sock Day
The other day I told you about the Horze Juliet Hyper Flex Full Seat Tights. I am still just as happy with them. In fact, I am wearing them to work today with a particularly loud pair of Over the Calf Peddies from Noble Outfitters. Today is "crazy sock day" at school. I'm topping the whole thing off with a school t-shirt. It's great to work someplace where offbeat attire is expected.
You've heard me go on and on about my sock preference, see above. I pretty much wear Noble Outfitters Over the Calf Peddies to the exclusion of all else. They're the first socks that I've found that can stand up to my super destructive, but neatly pedicured, toenails. They also stay up.
Every once in a while though, a new sock will tempt me. The C4 socks are still in my rotation; they're not my favorites, but they made the cut. The Stance Compression Tall Boot Socks from the Riding Warehouse sounded interesting enough that I caved and decided to try them.
From the Riding Warehouse ...
Perfect to wear on the ground or in the irons, these socks feature air channeled cushioning for cooling comfort. The anatomically correct footbeds contour to your feet, ensuring customized support. A reinforced heel and toe offer durability for the long trek ahead and the sweat-wicking, breathable mesh material keeps feet going strong. Cut in a tall boot length, these socks are the perfect addition to any equestrian's sock drawer.
They're not kidding. These are pretty high tech socks. When I really want to see how well a product will perform, I like to wear it several days in a row doing my normal stuff without washing in between. These socks exceeded my expectations.
What I really liked about them was that they retained their shape and never got saggy even after wearing them for several days. My Over the Calf Peddies can't do that. The Stance socks had just as much compression on the third day as they had on the first. I wore them at a two-day show and found that my feet were less tired and a lot less sweaty than with my Noble Outfitters.
There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about these socks. I will say that they are snug going on, but once you have them on, they compress in a friendly way. The only thing that will keep me from loading up on these socks is the price. At $25.88 a pair, I am not willing to buy more than a pair a year. The two pair that I do have are being reserved for shows only.
I'm going to be on the lookout for sales or discounts though; I liked them that much. Here's to "crazy sock" day!
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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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