From Endurance to Dressage
I finally had to bid a sad farewell to my beloved Volants last week. You can see why.
I'll admit that I am probably a little tough on my tall boots. I wear them seven days a week in a dusty environment. While I don't usually clean paddocks or stalls while wearing them, I do other messy barn chores.
For the first year or so that I owned them, I was careful about brushing them off each day when I took them off. After a while though, I quit doing that, but I did condition them every once in while.
For the price (around $500), I expected them to last at least a little bit longer than two years and nine months. I bought them in February of 2014; they didn't last long. Last Christmas, I bought a pair of Tuffrider Baroque tall boots from the Riding Warehouse because I knew my Volants were falling apart.
I've worn the Tuffriders a few times, but this weekend they got called up officially. Each time I put them on, I am reminded of how unbelievably comfortable they are. They're better than my muck boots. The Riding Warehouse has them listed at $161.95, but if you buy them today with the 25% discount, they're only $122! I am thinking of ordering a new back up pair (size 8, regular width).
My Ariat Maestros are still my go to show boots, but I am having a problem with a sticky zipper. Does anyone know of a good lubricating product that I can use? Please share a link, and I will be forever grateful.
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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