I'm glad you've ordered a different pair of boots, Carol. Hopefully after a trip to the cobbler, they'll fit well. Now we have to be rid of the coronavirus so there'll be events to which you can wear them!
I know NY is in super lockdown. I'm glad you got outdoors for some air and that trusty Mickey D's was open for getting grub.
It sounds as though you're busying yourself with lots of worthwhile activities to avoid cabin fever. Good idea! At this point, I'm so used to isolation that it's sort of business as usual! Lol
Continue to take good care of yourself, Carol, and please update me on the next episode of the boot saga. ツ
Oh, for goodness' sake! It's shocking to me that dressage must have dropped off so much. It's not like the economy has been bad lately (at least until now). Later in my riding career I got custom boots, but for the longest time I went to Dover or whatever tack store I happened to be around and could find dress boots easily. What a pain for you!
If the boots are only a smidgen too high, they'll relax down your leg once you've broken them in. Otherwise, yup, it's cobbler time. (A few minutes ago I was looking at the picture you sent...do you have a dressage whip? They're not expensive, and a whip is far more effective than a crop for the finesse needed in dressage.)
Geez, I'm so sorry about you having to reschedule your trip to Scotland! And I'm right with you about not enjoying warmer summer temperatures without an air-conditioned refuge. I HATE being hot and sweaty--it literally makes me sick.
This coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc everywhere! Yeah, you do your best to stay safe too. I don't know about you, but I'm well into the high-risk zone. I'm "social distancing" up a storm! Hahaha!
Do keep me up on what's happening. I'm interested.
Wow, what's up with that? Of course, I haven't bought riding apparel or tack in years, but I never heard of such a backlog in something as essential as dress boots! Do you suppose it's supply and demand? Are there that many fewer dressage riders??
Geez, I'm sorry you've had to go through so many starts and stops. What a nuisance. I'm inclined to think it's less a cause of supply and demand than a major trend toward ineptitude which I've noticed virtually everywhere. I have barely hired a worker for a job or placed an order in years which didn't fall far short of expectations or get royally screwed up. There's little integrity anymore.
Anyway, Carol, I hope your new boots arrive on time and that they fit well and are an acceptable quality. Okay, heavens, no more delays! lol
I'm glad to hear that we may continue talking, Carol. I'd miss you, if not!
Your volunteer job at GallupNY sounds great! Equine therapy--any animal therapy really--is so good for everyone concerned. What's better for comfort and healing than unconditional love? And domestic animals love being loved on. BIG win/win!!!
Wow! I hope that wasn't our last note, Carol! You're my only horse person left on TBD and, except for you, I have no one left to talk dressage with. Plus, and more importantly, I think of you as a friend.
Have you bookmarked this site? Or is it being elusive in some other way? If so, that's worrisome. Maybe the problem will resolve itself--Ning seems to have problems now and then.
Anyway, if it is our last communication, thank you for being a friend and for all the lively conversations. I'm glad you and Maxx are continuing your partnership and I hope great progress and success for you. Of course, I also hope your life going forward is happy and fulfilling.
While I'm sorry to hear that your trainer is going through all that pain, and that it will put off your work with her, you seem to have a good plan to keep riding and working on deficits. With your determination to improve, Carol, I know it will happen!
You must be looking forward to cooler riding days. Until, of course, it gets FRIGID out there. I remember so well, after hours of riding, dismounting in a hurry on blacktop, or some such, and hitting that frozen ground with my frozen, booted feet. Yeow! Haha! Ahhh, the joys and pains of dressage. ツ
I'm so sorry about Jelly Bean, Carol. Death, especially sudden death, is such a tragedy and so emotionally painful to those left behind. I hope Jelly Bean awoke to the most beautiful, endless pastures filled with sunshine and the sweetest grass imaginable, no work, all play, and friends to run with like the wind.
I'm glad Maxx is fit enough to be back in play and that your lesson was good. It's always such a rewarding feeling when things click. Hopefully, Team Machulski is back!