This is a post from my horseforum.com thread that I started when I got Max. I’m so lucky the forum is still around and I was able to go back and add it to Lipizzan Life.
I haven’t been able to ride regularly in over two months because of work and catching some kind of virus. UGH. Lucky for me, Max is practically a school pony and always remembers how to be a good boy when I can’t ride for awhile.
During my time off I have tried to get as ready as I can for showing next year. I haven’t registered with USEF/USDF yet because I don’t know if I’ll get sick/caught up in work AGAIN, but I have my applications pretty much ready to go! I memorized Training Level test 1 (super easy! besides the cantering my own pony part) and …
Stretched out my boots! Last year, I was so lucky to have my grandma buy me a custom pair of Dehners. They arrived, so pretty and amazing, and (typically?) painfully tight around the calves. I had been trying to tough it out, but the pain was mind numbing.
After much googling, I decided to try the rubbing alcohol and water mixture method. I put it in a old body spray bottle and sprayed a whole bottle inside and outside the calves.
THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE NOW!!! The leather seems completely unaffected quality wise. I am going to lather it in conditioner just to make sure.
Tomorrow is my return to training. I am going to keep a detailed log of my progress from now on. This is the year we debut USDF, I am determined!!! This is the last year we know for sure that USDF Finals will be in KY, which is only 4 hours from my barn. I hope we get there!!!