A very important part of the equestrian lifestyle is to make sure your equipment is functional for what you want to do. (Sometimes maybe rather what you need to do..) I’ve mentioned our drought here in California, but for a week or so the sky opened up, and now parts are flooded instead. Nature has such a great sense of humor
We all know that this is temporary, and we love the rain. Rain creates life.
When you care for a lot of horses every day, it’s not a choice to stay inside for a little rain storm, or not even a big one. My day with the horses begins at 6am, sun or rain. I have two good pair of boots that I switch between. When one pair dries up in the mudroom, another pair is ready to go. I try to keep them as waterproof as possible.
When it rains for several days in a row, I try to give them a little more TLC than usual.
When I come inside I rinse them off with warm water, and scrub them gently with a sponge. To take all the mud away. I towel dry them. If they are really wet I let them dry a little before impregnating them again. After impregnating a pair of boots I let them sit at least a few hours before using them. Preferably in a warm place.
Why don’t I just use rubber boots all together instead of going through all this? Because it’s SO much more comfortable to work in real boots. I walk a lot; I walk when I’m out at photo sessions, I walk when I feed and train our horses, and I walk the dogs..that’s a lot of miles every day. I have regular hiking boots too, but on wet days I don’t use them.
I ride, work, walk and party in my Ariat’s. Ariat should probably sponsor me!!
Do you have one pair of shoes that you just can’t live without?? Or maybe you need lots of shoes to cover the different areas of your life? Tell me in a comment!
Shoes are interesting! Especially if they look good AND are comfortable, I don’t want to be without one or the other. Even if I’m not a very girly girl..Hahaha
I don’t need tons of shoes, but they have to be awesome. I prefer having only a few of good quality.
What do you need? What kind of weather do you have right now? Snow? Do you still need really warm footwear?
Whether you’re wearing flip flops or snow boots, I hope you’re having an awesome day