From Endurance to Dressage
In July, I wrote this post about socks. I have since tossed or hidden every pair of riding socks that are not Over the Calf Peddies. I have never been happier. My toes are not poking through, my socks stay up, and my feet are comfortable. So why am I writing about socks again?
You might remember that I have a wee bit of a C4 Belt collection/obsession (whatever - don't judge). I am still waiting for a good enough sale to justify buying the vintage horses belt. Anyway, when the above ad showed up in my email, I couldn't resist checking it out. You see, C4 is now making socks to match some of their belts. Before they come out with socks that match some of my favorite belts (they've already made one), I wanted to try out their socks before I lose my mind (and money) to all of the matching possibilities.
My first impression is that these socks are a winner. First and foremost, they're actually comfortable. They stretch and don't cut off the circulation at my calf. They also stay up. The compression band is there, but I couldn't really feel it while the socks were on.
I like how soft the socks are, but they don't feel mushy either. I would call them a medium weight sock, so I'll have no issue wearing them in the summer. As of right now, they come in 8 colors, all of which look pretty. I chose the navy and pink, both of which seem slightly lighter in person (which is better, I think).
It's also got to be said that besides their functionality, and without that I am not buying them, they are super cute. Once they're in your boots, no one is going to see the HEELS DOWN motif, but I like that C4 took the time to embellish the socks a bit. Besides, maybe the words have some secret power.
I guess the real question is whether I'll buy them again. I won't know until I wear them for a few months. My problem with every brand of socks (besides the Over the Calf Peddies) is that I get a hole in the toe. Not one single pair of my Peddies, and a few are several years old, have ever had a hole in the toe. I don't care how cute the C4s are. No amount of cuteness is worth my big toe sticking out!
I hope these last!
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
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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2023 Show Schedule
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2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
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