From Endurance to Dressage
One Sock, Two Sock, Red Sock, Blue Sock
I haven't always worn tall socks. They've kind of grown on me recently though. Since I started accessorizing - breeches with belts, breeches that match my dressage pad, breeches with a coordinating top ... I started taking an interest in socks.
Long ago, I learned the trick of buying socks in bulk so that when one gets a hole in the toe (mine never get holes in the heels), I toss the worn out sock and stash the one that is perfectly good. Eventually, another sock gets a hole in it, so it gets tossed out while its mate pairs up with the previously stashed sock. In this way, my socks last a lot longer.
The thing with tall socks is that they don't really come in multi-packs of white which is fine because the fun in wearing tall socks is that they come in all kinds of patterns and colors. Even so, I've learned to buy my tall socks in sets of two. If I buy the exact same sock in several colors, they feel exactly the same no matter which two colors I am wearing. I should note that as a general rule, I do wear matching socks until forced to pair them for longevity.
Both of these pairs of socks have been "rematched." My husband teases me when I wear the orange/purple pair, but I just laugh and I tell him I used to have another pair just like them. The gray pair don't get a reaction. Both of these pair are on their "last legs," but since they came from the same collection, that orange one should pair okay with the gray one.
I bought two pair of these Noble Outfitters just so they'd have mates when the toes wear out. These have proven to be pretty hardy though, and I feel like the calf might quit before the toes will. I have another pair in purple. I hope I don't have to wear one of those with the cheetah print.
I bought these two pair of Under Armour socks from SmartPak before we went on vacation. When one gets a hole in the toe, it will get stashed in the back of my drawer as it waits to be reunited with the other blue one. I wouldn't buy them again though as they aren't stretchy enough for my liking.
Am I the only one with a strategy for making my socks last? How many pair do you have? I have two pair of Ovation Zocks (solid colors) on the way, but I know I need more, but how many more? What's your current tall sock count?
7/12/2016 02:20:56 pm
We don't have a tack shop, so I buy everything online, but I have started tossing in a pair or two each time I order something. :0)
I have a ton of zocks. I'll only wear them- the thicker socks don't fit in my tall boots well... I don't have the option of being picky enough about boots to get a pair that will fit thicker socks (10.5 foot, which seems to be the size every brand skips, if they even make them bigger than 10!) Anyway, I wear out a pair of zocks in about 2-3 months tops. I vary between colors and prints, but I try to to be too loud and obnoxious with them. That said, I have a pink with brown giraffe spots that I wear religiously for shows... you know, superstitions and socks all go together!
7/12/2016 02:22:15 pm
Of all of my little superstitions, I do not have any emotions attached to my socks. Thanks a lot because that will now be a thing! lol
7/11/2016 07:05:04 am
Do you wear them OVER the breeches with paddock boots? That is the thing here. What, no argyle!?
7/12/2016 02:24:32 pm
If my breeches have a velcro leg, then the socks go underneath, but when i wear sock leg breeches, the socks go over. It's a comfort thing as opposed to a style thing. :0)
7/12/2016 02:26:10 pm
A woman after my own heart! Mine at least match in shape and height. It's just the color that might be different. And yeah, it does seem that they kind of starting wearing out all at once.
7/12/2016 02:27:00 pm
It's funny what our deal breakers are, isn't it? :0)
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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.
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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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